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Thompson, Dorothy Celinelocked

(09 July 1893–30 January 1961)
  • Lynn D. Gordon


Thompson, Dorothy Celine (09 July 1893–30 January 1961), political columnist and journalist, was born in Lancaster, New York, the daughter of Peter Thompson, a Methodist minister, and Margaret Grierson. Thompson described her childhood as happy, although the family was poor, and her mother died in 1901. A voracious reader, good student, and boisterous tomboy, with many friends, Thompson clashed with her stepmother and was sent to live with her aunts in Chicago, where she enrolled in the Lewis Institute (1908–1912). With a scholarship from the Methodist church, Thompson attended Syracuse University and worked for local suffrage groups in western New York in 1914, following her graduation. In 1917, after the passage of a suffrage amendment to the state constitution, she moved to New York City, where she associated with intellectuals, political activists, and free spirits. Thompson contributed freelance articles to newspapers and magazines, worked for an advertising agency, and became a publicist for the Social Unit, a social settlement experiment in Cincinnati, Ohio, which failed due to government harassment during the 1919 Red Scare....

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