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Newport in Campbell County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

“Tommygun” Inventor

 
 
“Tommygun” Inventor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2016
1. “Tommygun” Inventor Marker
Inscription.  Brig. Gen. John T. Thompson, USA, inventor of Thompson submachine gun, was born here in 1860. A West Point graduate of 1882, he was early advocate of automatic weapons and improved many small arms. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal as Director of Arsenals in World War I. General Thompson died in 1940, lamenting the notoriety of the Tommygun as a gangster weapon.
 
Erected 1981 by Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Department of Transportation. (Marker Number 1708.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1860.
 
Location. 39° 5.623′ N, 84° 29.776′ W. Marker is in Newport, Kentucky, in Campbell County. Marker is on East Third Street near Monmouth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 24 East Third Street, Newport KY 41071, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Thomas Hinde (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul's Church (about 400 feet away); Campbell County, Kentucky World War II Monument
“Tommygun” Inventor Marker - Wide View with Thompson House as Background image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, April 26, 2016
2. “Tommygun” Inventor Marker - Wide View with Thompson House as Background
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(about 500 feet away); Newport ~~ War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); Southgate Street School (approx. 0.2 miles away); “H-Bomb” Ferguson (approx. ¼ mile away); General James Taylor Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); James Taylor, Newport's Founder (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. Text on both sides of the marker is identical.
 
Also see . . .  History of the Tommygun. (Submitted on September 22, 2016.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 419 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.

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