Located at Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana, the Home of Thomas Riley Marshall is one of the famous historical places in the city. The marker under his name located in front of the house was set up by Indiana Sesquicentennial Commission in the year 1966. The marker gives information about Thomas R. Marshall, former vice president of the United States.
The Inscription on the marker reads as:
‘Born in North Manchester, March 14, 1854, he practiced law in Columbia City until his election as Governor of Indiana (1909–1913). Served two terms as Vice-President (1913–1921). Died June 1, 1925, and was buried in Indianapolis’.
About Thomas R. Marshall:
Thomas R. Marshall was an American Democratic politician who was the 28th Vice President of United States. He served the country from 1913-1921 i.e. for almost eight years. He practiced law for 35 long years in Indiana, before becoming an active politician in the country. Marshall was elected as the governor of Indiana in 1908. In 1912, he was chosen as Woodrow Wilson's running-mate, which later on helped him secure the Democratic vice presidential nomination in the country. During a trip to Washington D.C., Marshall died from a heart attack on the night of June 1, 1925. His burial can be found at the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Thomas R. Marshall was famous for his intelligence and a good sense of humor. His jokes were very unusual and famous among the politicians. His sense of humor even caused him trouble during the meetings in White House. Marshall always remained an admired public speaker in the state, and he continued to travel throughout the country to deliver speeches. While serving as vice president of the country, Marshall supported women rights and opposed their suffrage during the World War I.
Today, the Home of Thomas R. Marshall is turned into a museum, which is called as the ‘Whitley County Museum’. This museum interprets the history and life of Thomas Marshall. The museum even describes the history of Whitley County and its residents.