Frederick Clifton Thomson was an American silent film cowboy. He was a natural actor who rivaled Tom Mix in popularity before dying at age 38 of tetanus.
Born in Pasadena, California to Clara and Williell Thomson, he was the third of four sons. His father was a Presbyterian minister. His brother Samuel Harrison Thomson also attended Princeton University and won the all-round athlete of America title for 1919.
He attended the Princeton Theological Seminary from 1910 to 1913 and he won the All-Around Champion title given out by the Amateur Athletic Union in 1910, 1911 and 1913.
He married his college sweetheart, Gail Jepson and was ordained by the Presbytery of Los Angeles in September 1913. Three years later, Gail Jepson died of tuberculosis.