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Dr. David Thompson

Denver County, History of Colorado, BIOS: THOMPSON, David M.D. (published 1918)

"History of Colorado", edited by Wilbur Fisk Stone, published by The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1918) Vol. II p. 92, 94


Dr. David Thompson has been continuously engaged in the practice  of medicine and surgery in Denver for more than a quarter of a century  and enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the city's most skilled and successful physicians. His birth occurred in Harthill, Scotland, on the 12th of August, 1856, his parents being James and Elizabeth (Simpson) Thompson, who were also natives of the land of hills and heather. The latter spent her entire life in Scotland, passing away on the 26th of March, 164, when forty-three years of age. James Thompson was a well known contractor of that country until 1874, when he emigrated to the United States and established his home in Pittston, Pennsylvania, where he followed the contracting business to the time of his demise, which occurred in 1883, when he was seventy-four years of age. To him and his wife were born eight children, five of whom survive, as follows: James M., who is a resident of Dunmore, Pennsylvania; John S., living at Parsons, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Bessie Brooks, of Denver; Mrs. Agnes McCormack, of Cleveland, Ohio, and David, of this review.

The last named attended the school at Pittston, Pennsylvania, and supplemented the knowledge thus acquired by home study. When a young man of about thirty-three years he decided to come to the west, and on the 12th of July, 1889, arrived in Denver. Having determined to make the practice of medicine his life work, he entered the University of Denver, and in 1891 was graduated from the medical department of that institution. He at once entered upon the practice of his chosen profession here, and through the intervening period of twenty-seven years has become widely recognized as one of Denver's most capable, efficient and successful physicians. He well merits the liberal practice accorded him, for his professional skill has been demonstrated in the successful treatment of many difficult and obstinate cases. Dr. Thompson has membership relations with the Denver County and City Medical Society, the Colorado State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

On the 30th of April, 1889, in Pittston, Pennsylvania, Dr. Thompson was united in marriage to Miss Addie Simpson, a native of that place and a daughter of Robert and Janette Simpson, of Pittston. The Doctor and his wife have two sons. Ralph S., who was born in Denver in 1893 and is a graduate of the Denver high school, still makes his home in Denver and is now chemist for the Denver Fire Clay Company. He wedded Miss L. Wynne Linsey, of Denver, by whom he has a daughter, Beverly Virginia, born in Denver on the 17th of May, 1918. David L. Thompson, whose birth occurred in Denver in 1898, was graduated from the high school with the class of 1918.

Dr. Thompson gives his political allegiance to the republican party and fraternally is known as a charter member of the Knights of Pythias. His professional colleagues and contemporaries accord him high standing as a practitioner and his prosperity is all the more creditable by reason of the fact that it is due entirely to his own efforts. He owns an attractive residence on the west side in Denver, where the family is well known socially.

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