Thomas Taggart collection
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Included within Box 3 and 4 is correspondence and miscellaneous documents created by A.C. Sallee regarding a biography he wrote about Thomas Taggart.
- Taggart, Thomas, 1856-1929 (Person)
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Taggart was a member of the board and manager of the French Lick Springs Hotel Company from 1901 to 1929, chairman from 1924 to 1929. During that time, he enlarged and modernized the hotel including building a spa, convinced Monon Railroad to lay a spur from Chicago, installed electricity, had bottled water from the spring distributed nationally, had a championship golf course designed and built, and gave the Democratic National Committee an unofficial headquarters at the hotel.
His career in politics spanned the years 1886-1924. Taggart was elected auditor of Marion County in 1886 and re-elected in 1890, also serving as city and county Democratic chairman. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1892 to 1924; chairman of the Indiana Democratic State Committee from 1892 to 1894; and district chairman of the 7th Congressional District for 12 years. Taggart was elected as mayor of Indianapolis for consecutive 3 terms, 1895-1901. During that time, he annexed Brightwood, Haughville, Mt. Jackson and West Indianapolis and adopted the city park plan, turning Garfield Park into a showplace. Taggart was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1900 to 1916 (chairman 1904-1908), and was appointed U.S. senator March 20, 1906, filling Benjamin F. Shively's unexpired term. He was defeated in his bid for election to a term. Taggart was chairman of the board of directors for Fletcher American National Bank, a director of the Indianapolis Light, Heat and Power Company, treasurer of the Indiana Lincoln Union, and a member of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Commission.
There is a monument to him in Riverside Park in Indianapolis, Indiana, built during or after his terms as mayor.
Thomas Taggart died March 6, 1929 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Ancestry.com. "Thomas Taggart." 1900 United States Federal Census. Accessed August 20, 2014. http://wwww.ancestrylibrary.com.
IndyStar.com. "Taggart, Thomas T." RetroIndy. Accessed August 20, 2014. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2014/03/06/thomas-taggart/6117977.
Fadely, James P. "Taggart, Thomas." In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, p. 1316-1317. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Findagrave.com. "Thomas Taggart." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed August 20, 2014. http://www.findagrave.com.
French Lick Resort. "French Lick Resort." Accessed August 20, 2014. http://www.frenchlick.com/aboutus/history/flsh.
"Taggart, Thomas T." Who Was Who in America. (1897-1956), vol. 1. Chicago, IL: Marquis.
"Thomas Taggart Memorial." Hidden Gems: Indiana Landmarks. Accessed August 20, 2014. http://www.hiddengemsindiana.org/2013/03/thomas-taggart-memorial.html.
18.6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 medium oversize boxes, 31 custom boxes and 1 oversize folder)
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- Democratic Party (Ind.)
- Democratic Party (U.S.)
- Emigration and immigration
- French Lick (Ind.)
- French Lick Springs Hotel
- Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
- Indiana -- Politics and government
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 19th century
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Indianapolis (Ind.)
- Newspaper articles
- Politicians -- Indiana
- Politics and government
- Ralston, Samuel M. (Samuel Moffett), 1857-1925
- Taggart, Thomas, 1856-1929
- United States -- Emigration and immigration
- West Baden (Ind.)
- West Baden Springs Hotel (West Baden, Ind.)
- Thomas Taggart collection
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