Biography of Thomas A. Armstrong
Howard County, IN Biographies





THOMAS A. ARMSTRONG, one of the pioneers of Howard County and one who has assisted by energy and means in advancing the city of Kokomo to its present prosperity, was born in Bucks County, Penn., February 14, 1795. His parents, Abraham and Nancy A. (Geary) Armstrong, were also natives of Pennsylvania, and moved to Pittsburgh when he was in his infancy. He was reared and attended school in the latter city until he was sixteen years of age. He then went to Philadelphia and entered the law office of an uncle, Thomas Armstrong, with whom he remained four years. In 1814, he was admitted to the bar and practiced his profession in Philadelphia until 1820. He then located in Pittsburgh, where he was admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts, and remained engaged in the active duties of his profession for a short time only. He then emigrated to Ohio and located in Clinton County, where, for a number of years, he resided, engaged in the practice of his profession, subsequently returning to Pennsylvania, where he resided for three years. Mr. Armstrong, in 1851, came to Kokomo and purchased forty acres of land, upon which part of the city is now located. At this period, there were but few inhabitants, and the land purchased by him worth only about $15 per acre. Here he has since resided; he practiced law for a few years and was interested in general merchandising, which business was conducted by his sons for several years. He then abandoned active business life, his son, Thomas S. Armstrong, taking the goods to Tipton, where he is still engaged and conducting a successful business. After abandoning mercantile pursuits, Mr. Armstrong was elected Justice of the Peace, the duties of which office he satisfactorily administered for four years. Mr. Armstrong was united in marriage in Clinton County, Ohio, July 1, 1824, to Miss Sallie E. Grant, a native of Virginia. They have reared a family of eight children, seven boys and one girl - Thomas S., a resident of Tipton, Edward A., Horace A. (deceased), Charles G., Addison F., Alexander C., Walter S. and Lizzie A. Of this family they have every reason to be proud; of the sons, each has attained high standing in professional, mercantile, political and social spheres, and are men of unblemished reputations. Thomas A. Armstrong is now living with his faithful wife in retirement at his pleasant home in the northwestern portion of the city, and although well advanced in the "sere and yellow leaf," his eighty eight years sit lightly upon him. His wife, now eighty three years of age, is also bright and active. Mr. Armstrong has been a faithful member of the Christian Church for over forty years, and has been an Elder for many years. All the members of his family are also connected with this church; they have all been liberal in their support and active and faithful' workers in upholding this faith in Howard County.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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