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Thomas Riley Marshall papers

Identifier: L100

Scope and Contents

The collection includes materials from Thomas Riley Marhsall ranging from 1863 to 1934, although the bulk of the materials date from 1868 to 1925. Materials include Marshall's speeches on Democratic politics and state and national affairs (1880s-1925); speeches to Masons and other fraternal organizations; speeches on law, schools, and history; and a manuscript draft of his Recollections. The correspondence covers his political affairs (1908-1925); letters of condolence written at his death (1925); and family correspondence from Lewis County, Missouri (1860s). Also included are addresses and messages as governor to the state legislature (1909-1913); invitations, programs, menus, inauguration materials, and other memorabilia as vice-president (1913-1921); Marshall's school compositions and notebook from Wabash College (1868-1872); and various political books.

The scrapbooks contain clippings of family news (1890s); newspaper stories on his gubernatorial campaign (1908); newspaper stories on the presidential campaign of Woodrow Wilson (1912) and his terms as vice-president (1913-1921); his newspaper columns on foreign affairs and current events (1921-1922, 1925); his obituaries (1925); and Marshall's collection of political cartoons. Clippings within each scrapbook are not necessarily in chronological order.

The oversized materials are primarily certificates received by Marshall as a Mason and throughout his political career.

Correspondents include Evangeline Booth, William E. Borah, William Jennings Bryan, Baron de Cartier, Calvin Coolidge, Stephen A. Douglas, Sir Auckland Geddes, Solomon B. Griffin, Warren G. Harding, Thomas A. Hendricks, Jules Jusserand, Helen Keller, Robert Lansing, Meredith Nicholson, John J. Pershing, Albert C. Ritchie, Elihu Root, William Howard Taft, Henry Van Dyke, Edith Bolling Wilson, and Woodrow Wilson.


  • 1863-1934


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Thomas Riley Marshall was born on March 14, 1854 in North Manchester, Indiana, to Daniel M. and Martha A. Patterson Marshall. He received an A.B. degree (1873) and an A.M. degree (1876) from Wabash College. In 1875, Marshall was admitted ot the Indiana bar and began practicing law in Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. He was a partner in the firm Marshall, McNagny, and Clugston. In 1878, Marshall was engaged to Catherine Hooper, but she died the day before their wedding. Marshall remained a bachelor until 1895 when he married Lois Kimsey. They were a happy and devoted couple despite the nearly 25-year age difference. His wife accompanied him throughout his campaigns for governor and vice-president.

Although active in local Democratic politics, Marshall was still a Columbia City lawyer when elected Governor of Indiana in 1908. In 1912, he received the Democratic nomination for vice-president, sharing the ticket with Woodrow Wilson. They won the election and were re-elected in 1916. Marshall served as vice-president until 1921, taking a more hands-on role following Wilson's illness in 1919. He continued to be a popular public speaker after leaving office and was extremely active in the Masons throughout his life. His autobiography, Recollections of Thomas Riley Marshall, was published posthumously. Marshall died on June 1, 1925 in Washington, D.C.


"Indiana Governor Thomas Riley Marshall". Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed December 20, 2005.

Post, Margaret Moore. First Ladies of Indiana and the Governors, 1816-1984. Indianapolis: Pierson Publishing Company, 1984.

"Thomas Riley Marshall." Encylopedia Americana. Accessed December 20, 2005.


5 Cubic Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize box, 19 volumes)

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged by format, and chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Thomas R. Marshall on 1931/11/04, 1931/12/14, and 1938/09/19, Donald Frank on 1987/06/03, and Bernice Carver 1881/10/27 and 1881/12/13.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

SP153: Thomas Riley Marshall photograph collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/12 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/07 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid updated on 2022/03/09 by Lauren Patton.
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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.