About Fountain Land Thompson
Fountain Land Thompson (November 18, 1854 – February 4, 1942) was a North Dakota politician who served as a United States Senator from his state.
Born in Macoupin County, Illinois near Scottville, he moved to nearby Girard in 1865; he attended the public schools there and studied law and was admitted to the bar, but did not engage in extensive practice. He was a member of the board of supervisors of Macoupin County and engaged in mercantile pursuits. He moved to Dakota Territory and settled on a farm near Cando, North Dakota, in 1888. He was judge of the Towner County Court from 1890 to 1894. He engaged in the real estate business and banking in Cando and also in agricultural pursuits; was a school director and member of the Cando Board of Aldermen. He was mayor of Cando, and was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Martin N. Johnson and served from November 10, 1909, to January 31, 1910, when he resigned.
He resumed his former business activities in Cando until his retirement in 1921; he moved to Los Angeles, California where he resided until his death in 1942 at age 87. Retrospectively, he is the only U.S. Senator to ever be the oldest living U.S. Senator for 2 distinct intervals. This was due to the late age inauguration and subsequent passing 2 months later of Andrew Jackson Houston. Thompson's interment was in Hollywood Cemetery.