Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Metcalfe County.
CATLETT W. THOMPSON, deputy revenue collector for the Second District, Kentucky, was born in what is now Metcalfe County, Ky., November 29, 1844, and is the second of six children born to George W. and Mary A. (Shuffitt) Thompson, both natives of Barren, now Metcalfe County, Ky., and of English and German descent, respectively, the former born in 1818 and the latter in 1822. George W. Thompson received such an education as the old field or subscription schools of the country afforded in his youth. He was engaged in agricultural pursuits on the old homestead, where he was born, until 1850, when he bought wild land adjoining and subsequently improved the farm upon which he resided until his death, July 27, 1867; he was twice married, our subject's mother having been his first wife. In addition to farming he was quite extensively engaged in the manufacture of tobacco and in the live-stock trade, driving horses and mules to Southern markets, and was one of the most successful farmers and stock dealers in the county. His father, Waddy Thompson, was a native of Virginia and served at Norfolk during the war of 1812. Immediately after the war he came to Barren, now Metcalfe County, where he bought and improved the place upon which Catlett W. and also his father were born. He represented Barren County in the Lower House of the State Legislature in about 1820; his death occurred in 1827. Mrs. Mary A. Thompson departed this life Octobr 3, 1863; she belonged to no church, but was, nevertheless, a devout Christian all her life. Her father, Thomas Shuffitt, was a native of Harrison County, Ky., but when a boy, in about 1810, removed with his parents to Barren, now Metcalfe County. Catlett W. Thompson received a moderate English education in youth, at the common and select schools of the country, and was employed on his father's farm and in his tobacco factory until he attained his majority. He was then engaged inthe tobacco business on his own account for two years, after which he came to Edmonton, where he took charge of the sheriff's office as deputy under his cousin, James A. Thompson, serving one year and a half. In August, 1870, he was elected county clerk of Metcalfe County; and was re-elected in 1874 and 1878, serving for twelve years in succession. In June, 1881, he was appointed master commissioner and trustee of the jury fund of the Metcalfe Circuit Court, and was reappointed to the same office in May, 1885. In July, 1885, he was appointed deputy revenue collector for the Second District of Kentucky, which position he now holds. At the reorganization of the State militia in 1863, he was first commissioned a lieutenant and afterward major in the Eighty-first Regiment. In 1873 he was admitted to the bar, but has never practiced. Mr. Thompson is yet unmarried; is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; a member of the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to the R. A. degree. His life has been more than ordinarily eventful and active. He is a Democrat, and has been chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of the county for a number of years. He is one of the enterprising and successful business men, as well as one of the prominent and respected citizens of the county.