Biography of W. S. Armstrong
Howard County, IN Biographies





W. S. ARMSTRONG, Mayor of Kokomo, is a native of Clinton County, Ohio, where he was born in 1838. At the age of thirteen, his parents moved to Howard County, Ind. Here he was reared and educated, receiving good educational advantages. In 1862, he removed to Tipton and engaged in the hardware trade with his brother, remaining in that business four years. In 1866, he was appointed Auditor of Tipton County, and later in the same year was elected to that office. At the expiration of his term, he was reelected in 1870, serving two terms, honorably and faithfully. He then removed to his farm adjoining Tipton, upon which he resided four years, engaged in stock dealing and farming. In 1878, he returned to Kokomo, where he has since resided. Upon coming to Kokomo, he engaged with his brothers in the hardware business, continuing with them until the fall of 1880, when he was elected Mayor of Kokomo, to succeed Dr. Cole, deceased. This office, Mr. Armstrong is still administering. He served two terms as member of the Common Council, resigning while serving the last term, to accept the office of Mayor. In politics, Mr. Armstrong has always affiliated with the Democratic party, but is not a partisan in his views, being conservative and liberal. He is one of the leaders of his party in the county. Mr. Armstrong is progressive in his ideas and advocates all measures of improvement. He is a liberal supporter of all works of charity and benevolent associations, and ranks as a citizen of worth. In the discharge of the duties of the office in which he is now serving, Mr. Armstrong has been wise and judicious, and meets the approval of his fellow citizens. He is a member of the A., F. & A. M., I. O. O. F. and the K. of P. Mr. Armstrong was married in 1869 to Miss Mattie Winfield, a native of Ohio. They have four children - Walter Winfield, Horace Howard, Jessie and Merle. Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong are members of the Christian Church of Kokomo. He was reelected Mayor of the city of Kokomo on the 1st day of May, 1883, for the period of two years.

(Thomas A. Armstrong, His father)

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


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