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 Thadeus Solomon Adams

Thadeus Solomon Adams

Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Death 31 May 1943 (aged 89)
Indiana, USA
Burial Danville, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 37428448 · View Source
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from The History of Hendricks County (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914)----pages 344-346

Enjoying distinctive prestige in a profession which requires of those who adopt it a strong mentality and painstaking preparation, together with a natural aptitude for its duties and responsibilities, Thad S. Adams is one of the essentially representative lawyers of Danville. He has built up a lucrative clientele and a wide reputation as an able and successful lawyer and has been connected with some of the most important cases in the local courts. As a public-spirited citizen he readily lends his aid to every cause having for its object the moral and material advancement of his community.

Thad S. Adams is a native of Hendricks County, born in Union Township November 6, 1853, the son of Solomon and Nancy (Griffith) Adams. Solomon Adams was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, in 1799, a son of Thomas Adams. He grew up in Kentucky and there married Nancy Griffith, who was born in Bath County, Kentucky, in 1811, a daughter of Jackson Griffith. While she was a child her parents removed to Switzerland County, Indiana, where she grew up. Solomon Adams and wife came to Hendricks County in an early day, and he entered government land in Marion Township, where they lived for some years and then removed to Union Township and entered other land and established their permanent home. He was a life-long farmer and for many years was assessor of Union Township. He was originally a Douglas Democrat, but from the opening of the war he was a Republican. He and his wife were charter members of the Christian Church at Lizton. Solomon Adams died in 1863 and two weeks later his wife followed him in death. Of the eleven children born to Solomon and Nancy Adams four were in the Union Army during our great civil conflict. Gabriel H. Adams and Joshua G. Adams were in the Fifty-first Indiana Volunteers. Dr. Thomas J. Adams and Hiram F. Adams were members of the Ninth Indiana Cavalry. Hiram was killed in Mississippi while in the service. Dr. Thomas J. was in active service until the close of the war, after which he located in North Salem, Hendricks County, and is mentioned at length elsewhere in this volume.

Thad S. Adams was but ten years old when death deprived him of his parents. For the following two years he lived with a brother in the state of Illinois, and then came to North Salem, Hendricks County, and made his home with another brother, Dr. Thomas J. Adams. During these years he attended the public schools and worked by the month on a farm until he was seventeen years of age, when he began teaching school, which enabled him to attend Northwestern University in Indianapolis. After leaving the university, he came to Danville in 1875 and took up the study of law in the office of Adams & Cooper, the senior member of this firm being his brother, Joshua G. Adams. While reading law he also taught school for two or three years. About 1878 he was admitted to the bar on motion of the late Leander M. Campbell, who afterwards became his father-in-law. He has been engaged in the practice of law in Danville since that time, and during these years has attained to distinctive prominence and success as an able advocate and well fortified counselor at law. His course has been such as to retain to him at all times the unqualified respect and esteem of his professional brethren, as well as the public at large. In 1889 he was appointed by Governor Hovey prosecuting attorney, and his fitness for the place was so readily recognized that he was, in 1890, nominated and elected for the regular term, thus serving in all four years.

On May 6, 1880, Mr. Adams was married to Effie A. Campbell, a daughter of Leander M. and Matilda (Hammond) Campbell. A sketch of Leander M. Campbell appears elsewhere in this work. Mrs. Adams was born and reared in Danville, graduating from the Central Normal College with the class of 1879. To this marriage were born three children, Ruth Adams, L.M. Campbell Adams and Donald Griffith Adams, the two sons residing in New York City where they are associated with the National Surety Company. Miss Ruth is at home. All three of the children are graduates of Indiana University.

Mrs. Adams was called by death May 14, 1913. She was a woman of rare culture, active in civic and church affairs, and of wonderful executive ability. She took a broad and kindly interest in the community welfare, and she was beloved by everybody in the community who had known her since girlhood. She was a life-long member of the Christian Church and active in many departments of church labor.

Thad S. Adams is a prominent Mason, being identified with the Scottish Rite and the Mystic Shrine. He is a man who has always shown a deep and abiding interest in all that concerns the welfare and progress of his native county, and here he maintains a secure hold upon popular confidence and esteem.

From The Hendricks County Republican:

Rites for Thad Adams Held Here Yesterday


Elected State Representative on 75th Birthday
and Served Two Terms

Funeral rites for Thad S. Adams, age 90, were held at his home here yesterday morning, in charge of the Rev. E.E. Moorman of Brooklyn. Otis E. Gulley, local attorney, reading a tribute. Interment was in the South cemetery.

Mr. Adams, oldest member of the Hendricks County Bar and representative from this county in the state legislature, died at his home here Sunday afternoon, following declining health for a number of a years. He retired frompractice here more than ten years ago and has been confined to his home for some six years.

Born in Union township, November 6, 1853, Mr. Adams had been a lifelong resident of this county. His parents dying when he was ten years old, he made his home with relatives until he graduated from the former Northwestern university at Indianapolis. He then taught
school for a time before coming to Danville in 1875 to read law in the office of a brother, the late Joshua G. Adams. Three years later
he was admitted to the Indiana Bar. In 1889, Hendricks county was separated from Marion county as the 19th Judicial Circuit and made the 55th Judicial Circuit. Gov. Alvin P. Hovey named Mr. Adams the first prosecuting attorney of this circuit. He was elected later to
succeed himself.

From 1896 to 1900 he was head of the law department of Central Normal College. On his seventy-fifth birthday, November 6, 1928,
he was elected reprsentative from Hendricks county in the state assembly and re-elected in 1930. Among bills he introduced was an act
requiring all teachers in the public schools and colleges to take an oath of allegiance to support the Constitution, the United States
and to abstain from teaching anything derogatory thereto.

May 6, 1880, he married Effie A. Campbell, who preceeded him May 14, 1913. He was a member of the Danville Christian church, Masonic lodge and on March 24, 1884, was made a Scottish Rite Mason, the first from Hendricks county to become a member of the Indianapolis Valley.

Surviving are one daughter, Miss Ruth, at home, and one son, Donald, of New York City. Another son, Campbell, a captain in the 181st Infantry during the World War, died in 1927 as the result of injuries
received in service in France.

Among out-of-town guests attending the funeral services were Mr. and Mrs. P.S. Kemper of Cincinnati; Jewell and Ora Adams of Lebanon; Dr. and Mrs. C.M. Trotter, Una Adams of North Salem, and the son, Donald Adams of New York City.

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