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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He was a member of the board and manager of the French Lick Springs Hotel Company from 1901-1929, chairman from 1924-1929. 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. He 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 1892-1924, chairman of the Indiana Democratic State Committee from 1892-1894, district chairman of the 7th Congressional District for 12 years. He was elected as mayor of Indianapolis for 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. He was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1900-1916 (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. He 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.
He died March 6, 1929 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.
Fadely, James P. (1994).Taggart, Thomas. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp. 1316-7). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien
"French Lick Resort." Retrieved 2014/08/20. http://www.frenchlick.com/aboutus/history/flsh
"Taggart, Thomas". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/08/20. http://www.findagrave.com
Taggart, Thomas [K].". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/08/20. http://archives.ancestry.com
"Taggart, Thomas T.". Hidden Gems: Indiana Landmarks. Retrieved 2014/08/20. http://www.hiddengemsindiana.org/2013/03/thomas-taggart-memorial.html
"Taggart, Thomas T.". RetroIndy. Retrieved 2014/08/20. http://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2014/03/06/thomas-taggart/6117977/
"Taggart, Thomas T.". Who Was Who in America. (1897-1956). Chicago, IL: Marquis. (V. 1, p.1214). Print. ISLI 920 W628AM
18.6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 2 medium oversize boxes, 31 custom boxes and 1 oversize folder)
- Democratic Party (Ind.)
- Democratic Party (U.S.)
- French Lick (Ind.)
- French Lick Springs Hotel
- Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 19th century
- Indiana -- Politics and government -- 20th century
- Newspaper articles
- Ralston, Samuel M. (Samuel Moffett), 1857-1925
- Taggart, Thomas, 1856-1929
- West Baden (Ind.)
- West Baden Springs Hotel (West Baden, Ind.) -- History
- Thomas Taggart collection
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