Fred Thompson

Thompson in 2007, image via 1photo/

Birth Name: Freddie Dalton Thompson

Date of Birth: August 19, 1942

Place of Birth: Sheffield, Alabama, U.S.

Date of Death: November 1, 2015

Place of Death: Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, some Scottish, distant Dutch

Fred Thompson, also credited as Fred Dalton Thompson, was an American actor, politician, lawyer, lobbyist, writer, and radio personality. A Republican, he served as a U.S. senator from Tennessee, from December 2, 1994 to January 3, 2003.

He was a candidate for the Republican Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 2008.

Fred was the son of Ruth (Bradley) and Fletcher Session Thompson. Most of Fred’s recent ancestors were Southern-born. He had English, some Scottish, and distant Dutch, ancestry. He was married to radio show host and columnist Jeri Kehn Thompson, until his death. He had three children with his former wife Sarah Elizabeth (Lindsey); and two children with Jeri.

Fred’s paternal grandfather was Edgar Lee Thompson (the son of John Wesley Thompson and Mary A. Hood or Alexander). Edgar was born in Alabama. John was the son of Charles Wesley Thompson and Harriet H. Woods. Mary was the daughter of Robert Hood and Easter Amanda Ferguson.

Fred’s paternal grandmother was Gertrude/Gertie E. Allen (the daughter of William Jerry Allen and Sarah Elizabeth Richardson). Gertrude was born in Alabama. William was the son of Bluford Turner Allen and Amanda VanPelt Stewart. Sarah was the daughter of David Jackson Richardson and Cynthia Malinda Tays.

Fred’s maternal grandfather was Clarence Brown Bradley (the son of Thomas Franklin Bradley and Louisa Annabell Gower). Clarence was born in Tennessee. Thomas was the son of James Redford Bradley and Eliza Louisa Jane Blackwell. Louisa Gower was the daughter of William Fielder Gower and Elizabeth D. Bumpass.

Fred’s maternal grandmother was Katherine/Catherine Edith Sealy (the daughter of Charles F. Sealey and Ada A. Coffee). Katherine was born in Tennessee. Charles was the son of Sam Sealy and Izeboela Annie McCormick. Ada was the daughter of Martin C. Coffee and Nancy Jane Foster.

Sources: Genealogies of Fred Thompson –

Obituary of Fred’s mother –

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