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Woodrow Wilson presidential inauguration panoramic photograph

 Collection — Folder: OBF013
Identifier: OBF013

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a black-and-white panoramic photograph from President Woodrow Wilson's inauguration at the U.S. Capitol Building. It was taken by H. W. Brown Photo in Washington, D.C. on either March 4, 1913 or March 5, 1917.


  • circa 1913-1917

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

"Woodrow Wilson, in full Thomas Woodrow Wilson, (born December 28, 1856, Staunton, Virginia, U.S.—died February 3, 1924, Washington, D.C.), 28th president of the United States (1913–21), an American scholar and statesman best remembered for his legislative accomplishments and his high-minded idealism. Wilson led his country into World War I and became the creator and leading advocate of the League of Nations, for which he was awarded the 1919 Nobel Prize for Peace. During his second term the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was passed and ratified. He suffered a paralytic stroke while seeking American public support for the Treaty of Versailles (October 1919), and his incapacity, which lasted for the rest of his term of office, caused the worst crisis of presidential disability in American history."

Excerpt from: "Woodrow Wilson." Encyclopaedia Britannica. Last modified January 30, 2022. Accessed March 24, 2022.


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 U.S. vice president, sharing the ticket with Woodrow Wilson. They won the election and were re-elected in 1916. Marshall served as U.S. 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.

Historical Note

Every United States presidential term begins with an inauguration which is traditionally held at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., though there have been exceptions. Vice President Thomas Riley Marshall, former governor of Indiana, was sworn in at two inaugurations: first, on March 4, 1913, and then on March 5, 1917, in the chambers of the U.S. Senate. This occurred just before the presidential inaugurations of Woodrow Wilson outside on the east portico of the Capitol Building in both instances.


"Marshall Faces Serious Ordeal." Indianapolis Star, January 5, 1913. Accessed March 24, 2022. ProQuest.

"Marshall Will Have 'Big Show.'" Indianapolis Star, February 10, 1913. Accessed March 24, 2022. ProQuest.

"Patriotic Fervor Marks Wilson's Inauguration." Indianapolis Star, March 6, 1917. Accessed March 24, 2022. ProQuest.

Wikipedia. "United States Presidential Inaugurations. Accessed March 24, 2022.

"Wilson and Marshall Inducted into Nation's Highest Offices." Indianapolis Star, March 5, 1913. Accessed March 24, 2022. ProQuest.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 panoramic photograph)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

The photograph from the collection is available online in the ISL Digital Collections:

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

SP153: Thomas Riley Marshall photograph collection

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Collection processing completed 2022/03/24 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/24 by Brittany Kropf.
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