THOMPSON, PERRY COMMODORE, M.D. , physician, Jacksonville, Ill., was born on his father's farm near Bethel, Morgan County, Ill., February 2, 1850, and is a son of James B. and Mary (Meguier) Thompson. (A detailed sketch of the life of James B. Thompson will be found elsewhere in this volume.) Dr. Thompson was reared upon the home farm, and attended the district schools in the neighborhood of his home. For one winter he was also a student in Whipple Academy, Jacksonville. For eight years after leaving school he taught in the country schools of Morgan County, in the meantime, during his summer vacations, attending the Normal Schools at Bloomington, Ill., and Valparaiso, Ind. Having decided upon a career in medicine, he prepared himself for his college course by reading with r. T. J. Pitner, of Jacksonville, and Dr. Wilson C. Carver, of Bluffs, Ill., and after the prescribed course in Rush Medical College, Chicago, was graduated therefrom in the class of 1883, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately thereafter he pursued a special course in the same institution on diseases of the lungs and diseases of women and children. In the spring of 1883 he opened an office for practice in Meredosia, Ill., where he was located for three years. During his residence in Meredosia he took a post-graduate course at Rush Medical College. In 1886 he removed to Jacksonville, where he has since been continuously engaged in a general practice.
Dr. Thompson served as a member of the United States Board of Pension Examiners during the second administration of President Cleveland, and under Governor Altgeld filled the post of physician to the Illinois State Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. For two years he was also Physician to Oaklawn Retreat, of Jacksonville. He is an active member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Morgan County Medical Society and the Jacksonville Medical Club. Though a stanch Democrat, he has never been actively interested in the politics of his party. In the midst of a laborious practice, he has taken time for recreation by travel through various sections of the United States and Europe, his wife having accompanied him on a trip to the Old World during the summer of 1903.
Dr. Thompson was united in marriage May 24, 1899, to Mina Borden, of Dundee, Ill., formerly a teacher of elocution at Elgin and Lake Forest, Ill. He is thoroughly devoted to the science of medicine, and has remained a profound student throughout his entire professional career, keeping fully abreast of the most advanced thought in his profession - a fact which doubtless accounts, in a large measure, for the success which has attended his practice. He is highly regarded by both the profession and the laity, who join in honoring him as an upright citizen and a successful practitioner.