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John E. W. Thompson

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John Edward West Thompson (December 16, 1860 – October 6, 1918) was an American physician and diplomat. His parents were immigrants to New York City from Haiti. In 1884, after graduating from Yale University and studying medicine further in Europe, Thompson became one of the first African-American physicians to practice in New York City. He served as U.S. Minister Resident / Consul General to Haiti from June 30, 1885, to October 17, 1889, and as U.S. Chargé d'Affaires to Santo Domingo from 1885 to 1889, both under political appointments by Democratic president Grover Cleveland. After returning to the US, he established a medical practice in New York, and became active in the Democratic Party in the city. He later had a medical practice in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was killed by a disturbed patient. Early life and education John Edward West Thompson was born on December 16, 1860, in Brooklyn, New York, to Haitian immigrants Edward James and Matilda Frances (White) Tho
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