Henry H. Thompson, a prominent contractor and builder of Belmont, N.H., and a member of the Board of Selectmen, was born in Gilford, Belknap County, November 2, 1860, son of Joseph H. and Sarah A. (Bennett) Thompson. The Thompson family, it is said, are descendants of six brothers ---- Moses, Amos, Richard, Samuel, Jacob, and John ---- who were pioneer settlers in Centre Harbor, N.H.
Joseph H. Thompson, father of Henry H., was born in Centre Harbor, N.H. He lived there and at Laconia till about 1848, when he moved to Gilford, and there resided until his death in 1861. He was a shoe maker by trade. His wife Sarah A. (Bennett) Thompson, was born in Gilford, of which town her ancestors were pioneers and among the first tax-payers. she became the mother of two children, namely: Emma J.; and Henry H., the subject of this sketch. Emma J. married Ernest B. Veasey a prosperous contractor of Manchester.
Henry H. Thompson was educated in the common and high schools of Laconia. After leaving school he engaged in agricultural pursuits for a time, and in 1888 he entered into business as a contractor and builder. He has already gained a high reputation for reliable and painstaking work, and has just completed a house and stable in Laconia, costing fifteen thousand dollars. In 1885 he removed to Belmont, and erected a large frame house on Ladd Hill, where he accommodated summer boarders.
On June 18, 1885, Mr. Thompson was united in marriage with Annie E. Ladd, daughter of Harlan P. Ladd. She was educated at the Laconia High School. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, namely: Ralph H., who died young; Blanche E.; and Sarah Marion.
Politically, Mr. Thompson supports the Republican party. He has been a Selectman for the past three years, and as a member of that body has rendered valuable services to the town. He is connected with the local grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and with the United Order of Pilgrim Fathers, of Laconia, N.H.