Hunter Thompson
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Hunter Stockton Thompson (1937 - 2005)

Hunter Stockton Thompson
Born in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USAmap
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[children unknown]
Died in Woody Creek, Pitkin County, Colorado, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 29 May 2016
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Hunter Thompson is Notable.

Hunter Stockton Thompson was born on July 18, 1937, in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky[1] and died on February 20, 2005, in Woody Creek, Pitkin County, Colorado.[2][3]

Hunter S. Thompson was an American journalist and author. Early in his career he was published in Rolling Stone magazine, covering the 1968 election. He went on to write several best selling books. He was known for his new writing style called, “gonzo journalism” which influenced authors and journalists worldwide, as well as other media. Also known for his groundbreaking political writing and coverage of the tumultuous 1960s and beyond, Thompson wrote about drinking and drugs as an escape from his disillusionment with politics and culture.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is a major film in which Johnny Depp portrays Thompson.

Hunter was married twice. His first wife was Sandra Dawn Conklin, whom he married in 1963.[4] They were the parents of three children, only one of whom, a son, lived to adulthood. Hunter and Sandra divorced in 1980.[5] Hunter was married a second time a few years before his death. Hunter's son, Juan, wrote a biography of his father, Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson, published 5 January 2016.[6] Juan talks about his father, his mother, his relationship with his father, and his father's suicide in an interesting video, which can be found here. [7]

Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide in 2005 at age 67.

"In accordance with his wishes, his ashes were fired out of a cannon in a ceremony funded by his friend Depp and attended by friends including then-Senator John Kerry and Jack Nicholson." [8]

Notable Works

Hell's Angels
The Rum Diary
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72
The Curse of Lono

Kentucky pioneer John Finnell was his 4th GGF. Revolutionary war patriot Robert Stockton was his 4th GGF. Ambassador Joe Wilson was his 5th cousin.


  1. "Kentucky, Vital Record Indexes, 1911-1999," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2016), Hunter S Thompson, 1937; citing Birth, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, Frankfort.
  2. Hunter's tombstone is on
  3. "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2016), Hunter S Thompson, 20 Feb 2005; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  4. Indiana, Marriage Certificates, 1917-2005. Hunter Thompson and Sandra Dawn Conklin; 20 May 1963 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
  5. Colorado, Divorce Index, 1851-1985; 13 Aug 1980, Pitkin, Colorado, USA.
  6. Stories I Tell Myself: Growing Up with Hunter S. Thompson by Juan F. Thompson. Amazon Listing.
  7. Who Was Hunter S. Thompson? His Private Life - Biography (2016).

See Also:

  • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 29 May 2016), Hunter S Thompson in household of Jack Thompson, Ward 2, Louisville, Magisterial District 1, Jefferson, Kentucky, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 121-49, sheet 8A, family 212, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1366.

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