Supporters in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., turn out for their hometown hero. Thompson, 65, grew up in the small manufacturing town near the Alabama border, the son of a used-car dealer and a homemaker. At 17, he married Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey after she became pregnant. He put himself through college, entered law school, joined a family law firm and supported Richard Nixon's run for the White House -- a move that eventually led him to Washington.
Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times
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