Columbia City in Whitley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Thomas Riley Marshall
Whitley County’s most distinguished citizen was a Columbia City resident active in civic affairs for 33 years. Born at North Manchester March 14, 1854. Spent boyhood years at nearby Pierceton and youth at Wabash College at Crawfordsville. Admitted to bar here in 1875 when 21 years of age. Married Lois Irene Kimsey (1872-1958) of Angola in 1895. Governor of Indiana 1909-1913. U.S. Vice President with President Woodrow Wilson two terms 1913-1921 during World War I years.
Likely best remembered: (1) As the man who refused to assume the U.S. Presidency during Wilson’s serious incapacity; (2) For his humorous quip made while once presiding over U.S. Senate - “What this Country needs is a good 5 cent cigar”; (3) For his loyalty to his parents and wife, Presbyterian Church, Masonic Fraternity, Wabash College, and the Democratic Party; (4) And as the man who so far has gone higher in National political office than has any other native born Hoosier.
Marshall died at Washington, D. C. June 1, 1925. Mausoleum burial in Crown Hill Cemetery at Indianapolis. His Landmark Home here is Whitley County Historical Society Museum.
Erected 1976 by Robert F. Lancaster.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #28 Woodrow Wilson series list.
Location. 41° 9.412′ N, 85° 29.357′ W. Marker is in Columbia City, Indiana, in Whitley County. Marker is on West Van Buren Street 0 miles east of Chauncey Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Van Buren Street, Columbia City IN 46725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ralph F. Gates (here, next to this marker); Valiant Men and Women of Whitley County (here, next to this marker); Whitley County Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitley County Korean War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitley County (within shouting distance of this marker); Marshall, McNagny & Clugston (within shouting distance of this marker); Whitley County Jail (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Home of Thomas R. Marshall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia City.
Also see . . . Thomas Riley Marshall by David J. Bennett. (Submitted on October 9, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,596 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.