Biography of Robert E. Torrent
Howard County, IN Biographies





ROBERT E. TORRENT, son of Matthew F. and Nellie D. Torrence, was born in Charlestown, Mass., January 6, 1839; he attended the public schools until fifteen years old, and was then apprenticed for three years in the blacksmith department of the City Carriage Manufactory; he then worked in Boston and other New England towns until twenty one, and then traveled through Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana, and finally in February, 1861, returned to this State, and secured work at Somerset, where, at the call for three months' troops, he was the first man to respond; he was mustered into service April 20, 1861, and was placed in Company H, Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Before his time expired, he enlisted for three years; came home on a short furlough, and August 14, 1861, married S. J. Jones. Returning to the front, he was mustered in as Orderly Sergeant, Company I, Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry; he took part in all the battles and skirmishes in which his regiment was engaged, and was wounded at Pea Ridge. September 26, 1862, he was promoted to be First Lieutenant, and served as such until the dose of the war, and was on the staff of several Generals. July 10, 1865, he was promoted to a Captaincy, and August 28, 1865, was mustered out at Darien, Ga. On his return, he was appointed Clerk to the State Senate Military Commander for the session of 1865-66. In the spring of 1867, he came to Howard County, and in 1868 started a blacksmith shop on the Fairfield and Russiaville road in connection with A. Fortner, wagon maker. March 4, 1874, he moved to West Middleton, where he is now doing a large business. Mr. Torrence is a Freemason, a member of the Society of Friends, and a Republican.

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


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