Maurice Thompson: A Talented Hoosier(PE-04)
Born in Fairfield in 1844, he was the son of a prosperous Baptist minister. In 1853 the family migrated to northern Georgia, where they became plantation owners. Thompson was a scout in the Conferate army in the Civil War.
Returning to Crawfordsville in 1868, he became a civil engineer for the railorads. He later opened a law office and still later became a poet and a novelist.
He was appointed State Geologist of Indiana in 1885 and served until he resigned in December 1888.
"Alice of Old Vincennes," written about a year before he died in 1901, was his most successful literary effort.
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