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Thomas Riley Marshall photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: SP153
Identifier: SP153

Scope and Contents

This collection includes black-and-white photographs and clippings featuring Thomas Riley Marshall in Indiana, California, Washington, D.C., and other places in the the United States, as well as Geneva, Switzerland, ranging from circa 1860 to 1916 and undated, regarding Riley's daily life and political career, including several photographs from an unidentified ceremony at the construction of a large structure such as a building or bridge. There are also portrait photographs of the Marshall family, including his father, mother, and grandmother, as well as Marshall himself as a boy, and a photograph of the house in North Manchester, Indiana where he was born. Three of the portraits are hand colored. The clippings are images of Marshall from different periodicals, two of which include his wife, Lois.


  • circa 1860-1916, undated

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. (1823–1892) and Martha A. (Patterson) Marshall (1825–1894). His family moved frequently for his mother's health, as she had contracted tuberculosis when he was young. During the U.S. Civil War, the family settled in Princeton, Indiana where Marshall attended school. In 1862, the Marshalls moved to Fort Wayne, where Marshall graduated from high school at age 15 in 1869. He received an A.B. degree (1873) and an A.M. degree (1876) from Wabash College in Crawfordsville. In 1875, Marshall was admitted ot the Indiana bar and began practicing law in Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana. He bcame a partner in the firm, Marshall, McNagny, and Clugston. In 1878, Marshall was engaged to Kate Hooper, but she died the day before their wedding in 1882. Marshall was devastated, leading to him become an alcoholic. He remained a bachelor until he married Lois Irene Kimsey (1873–1958) 13 years later on October 2, 1895 in Steuben County, Indiana. They were a happy and devoted couple despite the nearly twenty-year age difference. Lois helped him to overcome his addiction, which inspired him to support temperance causes and organizations in his later life. She also 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, Marshall 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. Marshall 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. He died on June 1, 1925 in Washington, D.C. and was buried in Estates of Serenity in Marion, Indiana. Years later his body was interred in its current location in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Sources: "Thomas R. Marshall." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 19, 2022. "Thomas R. Marshall." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 19, 2022. "Thomas R. Marshall." 1910 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 19, 2022. "Thomas R. Marshall." 1920 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 19, 2022. "Thomas R. Marshall." Indiana, U.S., Select Marriages Index, 1748-1993. Accessed January 19, 2022. "Thomas Riley Marshall." Find A Grave Memorial. Accessed January 19, 2022.

State of Indiana. "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.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


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:

L100: Thomas Riley Marshall papers

V095: Thomas Riley Marshall volumes

OFB013: Thomas Riley Marshall vice presidential swearing-in ceremony oversize photograph
Thomas Riley Marshall photograph collection
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.