HENDRICKS, Thomas Andrews

HENDRICKS, Thomas Andrews
Library of Congress


HENDRICKS, Thomas Andrews, (nephew of William Hendricks), a Representative and a Senator from Indiana and a Vice President of the United States; born near Zanesville, Ohio, September 7, 1819; moved with his parents to Indiana in 1820; pursued classical studies and graduated from Hanover (Ind.) College in 1841; studied law in Chambersburg, Pa.; admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Shelbyville, Ind.; member, State house of representatives 1848; member of the State constitutional convention; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; chairman, Committee on Mileage (Thirty-second Congress), Committee on Invalid Pensions (Thirty-third Congress); Commissioner of the General Land Office 1855-1859; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1860; moved to Indianapolis in 1860 and practiced law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1863, to March 3, 1869; Governor of Indiana 1872; unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with Samuel Tilden in 1876; elected Vice President of the United States in 1884 on the Democratic ticket with Grover Cleveland and served from March 4, 1885, until his death in Indianapolis, Ind., November 25, 1885; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Franklin College Library
Special Collections

Franklin, IN
Papers: Memorial addresses (1886); and broadside for vice president.

Indiana Historical Society

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1855-1885. 31 items. Miscellaneous letters relating to state and national politics, including 12 to Nahum Capen of Boston. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: Correspondence in Henry Land Smith papers, 1788-1936; Cauthorn-Stout family papers, 1780-1908; Albert G. Porter papers, 1759-1942; Charles J. Worden papers, 1836-1940; George A. Schumacher collection, 1879-1975; Charles Lanman collection, 1828-1869; and Noble Chase Butler papers, 1809-1933.

Indiana State Archives

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1873-1877. .5 linear foot. Gubernatorial correspondence and papers. Finding aid.

Indiana State Library

Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1825-1883. 30 items. Also photographs and memorabilia.
Additional Papers: Items in various collections including Pierce-Krull family papers, 1834-1963; William Wesley Borden papers, 1715-1906; John B. Stoll papers, 1854-1926; and William H. Brown papers, 1830-1901.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1877. 1 item.

Maine Historical Society

Portland, ME
Papers: 1863 Aug. 26 and 1864 June 15. 2 letters. Regarding acquisition of government publications.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: May 19, 1856; September 5 and October 20, 1868; 1884. 4 items. Personal and official correspondence and a political document. Finding aid.

Tennessee State Library and Archives

Nashville, TN
Papers: Correspondence in George Washington Gordon and William Tecumsah Avery papers, 1791-1946, on microfilm. Finding aid.

University of Rochester
Rush Rhees Library

Rochester, NY
Papers: 8 letters by and 13 to Hendricks (1857-1872) in various collections. Finding aid.
Research Libraries Information Network In addition to the institutions listed above, items are also cataloged in collections at: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI; Utah State Historical Society, Salt Lake City, UT; and Yale University Library, New Haven, CT.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Gray, Ralph D. "Thomas A. Hendricks: Spokesman for the Democracy." In Gentlemen from Indiana: National Party Candidates, 1836-1940, edited by Ralph D. Gray, pp. 117-39. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1977.

Holcombe, John Walker, and Hubert Marshall Skinner. Life and Public Services of Thomas A. Hendricks with Selected Speeches and Writings. Indianapolis: Carlon & Hollenbeck, 1886.

U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Thomas A. Hendricks (Vice-President of the United States): Delivered in the Senate and House of Representatives. 49th Cong., 1st sess., 1885-1886. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1886.

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