From Custodian to State Lawmaker - Advocate of Workers' Rights Dies
Former state Rep. Garfield Thompson, a Democrat who rose from dining car waiter and courthouse custodian to become a friend and confidant to some of the most powerful people in the country, died Wednesday night following a short illness, as reported by the Star-Telegram. He was 89.
One of Mr. Thompson's first jobs after the war was working as a dining car waiter for the Burlington-Rock Island Railroad. He then took a job as a custodian at the Tarrant County Courthouse.
When he wasn't sweeping floors, he was swiftly becoming a strong advocate of workers' rights, ultimately becoming union president for the county's employees. Word spread quickly of Mr. Thompson's skills as a civil rights activist and supporter of the working class.
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