Thomas Riley Marshall
Burial Location Visited Vice President Grave #
Indianapolis, Indiana April 20, 2004 8th Visited


Crown Hill Cemetery, founded in 1863, is                                    Marshall is interred inside this mausoleum
the home of several important political figures,                            with his wife. She helped him overcome
including Vice President Thomas Marshall.                                   alcoholism, which he had developed after
                                                                                             a previous fiancée succumbed to an illness
                                                                                              a day before their intended wedding.

                                       *** Interesting Facts ***

* In 1858, Marshall's father brought him to Freeport, Illinois to witness one of the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates. The four-year-old spent the occasion on the laps of both candidates, sitting on Douglas' lap when Lincoln was speaking and vice versa. In his later years, Marshall referred to the event as one of his most cherished moments and recalled liking the "tall, ungainly" one better.

* Thomas Marshall entered Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana at a youthful age and graduated in 1873. He then decided to pursue a career in the field of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and opened his own practice the following year in Colombia City. The Indianan ran to be the prosecuting attorney for the district in 1880 but lost the election. He maintained some interest in government but did not run for public office for another twenty-eight years. In 1908, Marshall was elected the governor of Indiana as a Democrat. He served in that capacity until 1913, the year he became the vice president.

* Marshall was known for his good sense of humor. One story he told was quite popular with his listeners. It tells of a woman who had two sons. One of the sons went off to sea, while the other son went and became vice president. Neither of the sons were ever heard of again. Vice President Alben Barkley, a successor of Marshall's, was a fan of the anecdote as well. Marshall, known for his humor, popularized the quote, "What this country needs is a good five-cent cigar."

* When President Wilson suffered a debilitating stroke during his second term, the first lady more or less took over the role of the president, not Marshall. Edith Wilson would screen her husband's visitors and decide which papers were important enough to be brought to his attention. Understandably, the condition of the president and how the situation was being handled was a debatable topic. Though he was encouraged to take over the president's duties during the crisis, Marshall did not do so, responding "I could throw this country into civil war by seizing the White House, but I won't." The 25th amendment, which concerns the presidential line of succession and what to do if the commander-in-chief is incapacitated, was passed in 1967, preventing such controversies from happening in the future.

* Following his two terms as vice president, Marshall went on to write several books. Several of them were about law, while one was his memoirs, titled Recollections. Warren Harding nominated Marshall for positions on the Lincoln Memorial Commission and then the Federal Coal Commission the following year. Serving some time on the committees, he left both posts in 1923. He passed away two years later on a trip to Washington, D.C. while reading the bible. Lois Marshall had sent for help for the heart attack-stricken politician, but he was gone before anyone could reach him.

Second Lady: Lois Irene Kimsey Marshall

             - Spouse: Lois Irene Kimsey Marshall (1873-1958)

Political Party:
Democratic Party

Served Under:
Thomas Woodrow Wilson

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