(1735–1798)Revolutionary War army officer and politician. Samuel Thompson was born in Maine while it was still a part of Massachusetts. An ardent leader of the Sons of Liberty, he was very active in the early days of the rebellion. In April 1775 he led a party to Falmouth in a fruitless attempt to capture the HMS Canceaux. His actions there were known locally as “Thompson's War” and the British retaliated by burning most of Falmouth. Later Thompson was appointed brigadier general, and he led Cumberland County's Second Regiment in the ill-fated Penobscot expedition in 1779. After the war he was instrumental in Maine's movement for statehood, and donated the land for Bowdoin College.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
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