An Ulster Presbyterian, Thomson continued to practice his faith when he came to America from Derry. He held broad views of religious toleration. Thomson was headmaster of a Quaker school that admitted children regardless of their faith. A humanitarian, Thomson served as secretary on a commission to negotiate with Native tribes. He wrote a pamphlet expressing his disdain for the colonial representatives' deliberate manipulation of native peoples by trickery. The Presbyterian Church asked Thomson to develop a plan for Indian evangelism, but he didn't follow through.
Last updated: September 3, 2016