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Thomas C. Bridwell
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1841
Lawrence County
Ohio, USA
Death: Mar. 17, 1921
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA

Mayor of Evansville 1880 - 1886

T. C. BRIDWELL, ex-mayor, and a prominent citizen of Evansville, is a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, where he was born February 18, 1841, and is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Combs) Bridwell. The father was a native of Virginia, and the mother, of Pennsylvania. From Virginia the father removed to Ohio, where he lived until his death occurred. The mother now resides in Ironton, Ohio. Mr. Bridwell was reared in Lawrence County, Ohio, and attended the public schools, graduating from the Ironton high school.

In 1859, he located in Cincinnati, where he remained for about one year, and then removed to Owensboro, Ky., where he remained for six years, the two first of which were spent in the drug business. In 1863 he entered the United States Revenue service as chief clerk, under Col. Todd, assessor of internal revenue for the Owensboro district. Four years were spent in the service, and in 1866 he located in Evansville and re-entered the drug business on the corner of Third and Main streets. He continued so engaged until 1882, when he retired from active business.

In 1875 he was elected trustee of Pigeon township, and was re-elected in 1878, holding the office altogether five years, when he resigned. In 1880, while serving in the capacity of trustee, he was elected by the democrats as mayor of Evansville, at a time when the city politics were decidedly republican. He was re-elected in 1883, and held the office for a term of six years, giving universal satisfaction and doing much to advance the general welfare.

Since leaving the mayor's office he has been engaged in street gravel contracting in Evansville and other cities, and now has a large contract on hand at Decatur, Ala. He is a charter member of Orion Lodge, No. 35, Knights of Pythias, in which he has occupied all the chairs, and was elected representative to the grand lodge. He is also a member of La Valette Commandery, No. 15, K. T., and of the A. 0. U. W. Lodge, No. 43.

Mr. Bridwell was married September 22, 1864, to Bettie McFarland, daughter of Hon. John S. McFarland, a prominent citizen of Daviess county, Ky. To this union three children have been born.

Source:
History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana
Brant & Fuller, c.1889
Page 432

 
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Plot: section 2, lot 55
 
Created by: Chris Myers
Record added: Jul 13, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20436034
Thomas C. Bridwell
Added by: Chris Myers
 
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