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American Thomas A. HENDRICKS

born Thomas Andrew HENDRICKS

21st Vice President of the United States

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on September 07, 1819 in Fultonham, Ohio, USA
Died: on November 25, 1885 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA


Thomas Hendricks was born near East Fultonham, Ohio, the son of John and Jane Thomson Hendricks. He moved with his parents to Indiana in 1820 after being urged to do so by his uncle, William Hendricks, who promised the family they would enjoy prosperity in the young state. William Hendricks was a successful politician who was Governor of Indiana from 1822 to 1825 and a Senator from Indiana from 1825 to 1837. The family settled on a farm near his uncle's home in Madison, but moved to Shelby County in 1822. Hendricks' father became a moderately wealthy farmer, and operated a successful general store, and became involved in politics. Their home was frequently visited by the state's leading men and from an early age Hendricks was influenced to enter politics.

Hendricks' education began in local school, and upon completion he pursued classical studies and graduated from Hanover College in 1841 in the same class as fellow future-Governor of Indiana Albert G. Porter. He moved on to study law in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He returned to Indiana and began practicing law in the office of Stephen Major in Shelbyville and was admitted to the bar in 1843. Hendricks was married to Eliza Morgan on September 26, 1845 after a two-year courtship. Their only child, a son named Morgan, was born January 16, 1848. The child died in 1851, age three.

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