Biography of William T. Hindman
Carroll County, IN Biographies





WILLIAM T, HINDMAN.

There is no positive rule for achieving success, yet in the life of the successful man there may be found lessons which may serve as examples to others, The man who succeeds is the man who can foresee his opportunity, since the essential conditions of life are always the same, The surroundings of individuals differ but little and, when one man passes another on the highway of life and reaches his goal before another, who perhaps started out before him, it is because he has the capacity for using the advantages which fall to his lot. Among the prominent citizens and successful business men of Carroll county, Indiana, is William T, Hindman, a prosperous merchant and the president of the Burlington State Bank. He is possessed of a keen discrimination, of sound judgment and of an extraordinary degree of executive ability, which have contributed to his large success in life.

William T. Hindman is a native of Butler county, Ohio, born on June 19, 1848, the son of John and Theodosia (Grant) Hindman, the former of whom was born and reared in Butler county, and the latter in the same neighborhood. After their marriage they came, with a small family, to Carroll county in 1865, and located in Burlington township, Later they purchased a farm in Carrollton township, where, for many years, they were engaged in farming. Subsequently, they moved to Burlington, where John Hindman died in April 1911, He was a member of the One Hundred and Fifty fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic His wife had died previously in 1887, They were the parents of three children, all of whom are living, Sarah, the wife of F, W, Woodruff, of Burlington, Indiana; William T., the subject of this sketch; and Martha, the widow of Sampson Cassady, of Logansport, Indiana,

William T, Hindman was reared principally on a farm in Carrollton township and there attended the rural schools in the winter; working on his father's farm during the summer months. When Mr. Hindman had attained his majority, he went into business for himself. On June 19, 1869, when he was twentyone years old, he was married to Margaret Smith, a daughter of the late James C Smith. Mrs, Hindman was born on June 19, 1852, in Burlington township and was the only child born to her parents. She was educated in the common schools of Carroll county and is an active worker in the Methodist church, Both her father and mother were born in Muskingum county, Ohio, They came with their respective parents to Indiana and located near Burlington. There they grew up in the same neighborhood. They were married on December 2, 1849. The late James C. Smith was a soldier in the Mexican. War and was also a first lieutenant in the Twenty fourth Indiana Battery during the Civil War. He enlisted in 1862 and served until the dose of the war. He was captured at Macon, Georgia, in a severe engagement and was held a prisoner for seven months. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and a member of the Methodist church, The father. of James C. Smith was William Smith, who served in the War of 1812, and the father of William Smith. served in the War of the Revolution, James C. Smith died on July 5, 1904, and his wife about five years later on February 2, 1909.

After his marriage, William T. Hindman purchased a farm in Burlington township and there lived for several years. During that period Mr, Hindman bought live stock Ain connection with his farming. In 1885 he moved to Burlington, Indiana, Sand established a general store. On August 4, 1914, when the State Bank of Burlington was organized, Mr. Hindman was elected president. The other officers are, H, L. Huddleson, cashier; Nellie Everman, assistant cashier; and the directors, William T, Hindman, H. L, Huddleson, Daniel W. Rodkey, H. L, Summers, Willis Polk, Monroe Medsker and Elias Patty.

Mr, and Mrs. Hindman have been the parents of two sons, Ambrose C, and E. E, The former is a graduate of the Burlington high school and attended the normal school at Terre Haute, the literary course at Ann Arbor and is a graduate of the law department of the University of Michigan. He is an attorney at Grand Rapids, Michigan. E. E. Hindman is a graduate of the local high school and of the literary department of Indiana University, as well as the law department of the University of Michigan. He is an attorney at Jackson, Mississippi. Both sons are married,

Mr. and Mrs. William T. Hindman are members of the Methodist church and are liberal supporters and regular attendants of this church. Mr.Hindman is a member of Burlington Lodge No. III, Free and Accepted Masons. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having joined the lodge on January 17, 1870, and now the oldest member of the lodge, He is a past grand of this order and a member of the grand lodge. He is also a member of Burlington lodge No, 179, Knights of Pythias, of which he is a past chancellor and a member of the grand lodge. Mr, Hindman is a Republican in politics, but has never been active in political affairs. Among his other financial interests he is president of the Burlington Telephone Company, an important local institution.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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