Thomas A. Hendricks
name=Thomas A. Hendricks
Vice President of the United States
term_start=March 4, 1885
term_end=November 25, 1885
Chester A. Arthur
Levi P. Morton
order2 = 16th
Governor of Indiana
term_start2 = January 13, 1873
term_end2 = January 8, 1877
lieutenant2 = Leonidas Sexton
James D. Williams
United States Senator
term_start3= March 4, 1863
term_end3= March 3, 1869
Daniel D. Pratt
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spouse=Eliza C. Morgan Hendricks
Thomas Andrews Hendricks (September 7, 1819ndash November 25, 1885) was a U.S. Representative and a Senator from
Indiana, a Governor of Indiana, and the twenty-first Vice President of the United States(serving with Grover Cleveland).
Thomas Hendricks was born near
East Fultonham, Ohio, on September 7, 1819. He moved with his parents to Indiana in 1820.
William Hendricks, was Governor of Indiana from 1822 to 1825. He pursued classical studies and graduated from Hanover Collegein 1841 in the same class as Albert G. Porter. [Holcombe, John Walker and Hubert Marshall Skinner. "Life and Public Services of Thomas A. Hendricks". Indianapolis: Carlon and Hollenbeck, 1886. Page 74.] He moved on to study law in Chambersburg, Pennsylvaniaand was admitted to the bar in 1843. He returned to Indiana and began practicing law in the office of Stephen Majorin Shelbyville.
Hendricks was married to Eliza Morgan on September 26, 1848 after a two year courtship. Their only child, a son, was born January 16, 1848. The child would die in 1851. [Holcombe and Skinner, pp.92-93]
He was a member of the state House of Representatives in 1848 after defeating
Whigcandidate Martin M Ray. That year he served as speaker of the house. [holcombe and Skinner, p.97] He was elected as a member of the state's second constitutional convention in 1851. At the convention Hendricks was part of the committee that created the organization of the townships and counties of the state, decided upon the taxation and financial portion of the constitution, and also debated the clauses on the powers of the difference offices. He also argued strongly for a powerful judiciary and the abolishment of grand juries. [Holcombe and Skinner, p.109-110]
Hendricks ran for Congress in 1850 and was elected as a Democrat to the thirty-second and thirty-third Congresses serving from (March 4, 1851–March 4, 1855). While in Congress Hendricks was Chairman of the Committee on Mileage and the Committee on Invalid Pensions. He campaigned unsuccessfully for reelection in 1854.
Following his tenure in Congress, Hendricks was Commissioner of the
General Land Officefrom 1855 to 1859. He campaigned in an unsuccessful attempt as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Indianain 1860, but lost to the Republican Henry S. Lane. He moved to Indianapolis in 1860 and resumed practicing law for two years.
Hendricks again ran for public office in 1862. He was elected as a Democrat to the
United States Senate, and served from March 4, 1863, to March 4, 1869. He was succeeded by outgoing Republican Governor Oliver Morton.
He was then elected
Governor of Indianain 1872 defeating incumbent governor Thomas M. Brownein a close election winning by only 1,148 votes. He served from 1873 until 1877. He was the first Democrat Governor elected in the North after the American Civil War. [Holcombe and Skinner, p.305]
Hendricks inherited a state government that was populated almost exclusively by Republicans. He found himself regularly at odds with the Republican legislature. Hendricks was able to pass the Baxtor Bill, enact election reform in response to accusation of corruption from the last election, and reform the judiciary. Otherwise his term as governor was uneventful as he was unable to come to terms with the legislature as all other legislation, including the appropriations bill, was delayed or never passed. [holcombe and Skinner, p.308]
During his term he toured the south stopping to deliver a public speech in
New Orleans. He was an outspoken critic of the Grant Administration and quickly rose to high prominence in the national stage of the Democratic party. [Holcombe and Skinner, p.309-311] Being in the campaign of Vice President, he did not seek reelection.
Because of the death of Democratic candidate
Horace Greeleydays after the popular vote in the presidential election of 1872, Hendricks received 42 electoral votes that were previously pledged to Greeley. Hendricks ran as an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President on the Democratic ticket with Samuel Tildenin the following presidential election of 1876. He ran again in U.S. presidential election, 1884, and was elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Grover Cleveland, filling an office that had been vacant since Vice President Chester A. Arthurbecame President in 1881.
He only served from March 4, 1885, until his death a few months later on a trip home to Indianapolis. He complained of feeling ill the morning before his death and went to bed early. He died in his sleep that night. His funeral was large with a ceremony held in St Paul's Cathedral which was attended by dignitaries from across the nation including Grover Cleveland. He is interred in
Crown Hill Cemetery. With his death, the Vice Presidency became vacant until Levi Mortonbecame Vice President in 1889. [Holcombe and Skinner, p.388-390]
He is the only U.S. Vice President (who did not also serve as President) whose portrait appears on U.S. paper money. His engraved portrait appears on the so called 'tombstone' $10.00 silver certificate of 1886. The nickname derives from shape of the border outline of his portrait, a shape that resembles a tombstone. To see an example visit the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco website: [ [http://www.frbsf.org/currency/metal/silvercerts/602.html Historical American Currency Exhibit at the FRBSF ] ]
List of Governors of Indiana
Hendricks, West Virginia, named for him
* [http://www.statelib.lib.in.us/www/ihb/govportraits/hendrickst.html Biography and portrait from the Indiana Historical Bureau]
* [http://www.archive.org/details/pubservthomhend00holcrich "Life and public services of Thomas A. Hendricks with selected speeches and writings" at archive.org]
* [http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=h000493 Biographical Dictionary of Congress]
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