THOMAS B. BATES is a native of Butler County, Ohio, where he was born January 17, 1846. In his early childhood
his parents removed to Henry County, Ind., where he grew to manhood. In August, 1863, he enlisted in the Twenty
third Indiana Battery. He served in Burnside's campaign, Sherman's campaign to Atlanta, and Thomas campaign to
Columbus, Franklin and Nashville against Hood. He was honorably discharged July 3, 1865, and returned to Henry
County, where for a time he engaged in farming. On November 8, 1872, he was married to Miss Sarah E. Leavell,
in Tipton County, and immediately thereafter removed to Tipton, this county, where he engaged in farming.
In 1875, he was appointed Superintendent of the County Farm, which position he held for eight years. He owns 140
acres of fine land in Section 15, of which seventy acres are under cultivation, and the remainder is timbered land,
well set in blue grass. His cultivated land is drained by 1,050 rods of tile ditching, which has a fine outlet
in a large open ditch. His farm is well stocked with cattle, hogs, etc., and particularly worthy of mention are
twenty five fine cows. In the spring of 1883, at the request of the citizens of Tipton, he started a dairy,
and every morning and evening supplies said citizens with the best milk obtainable from thoroughbred cows. Mr.
Bates is a Democrat, and takes an active part in political affairs. In the campaign of 1880, he was Chairman of
the Democratic County Central Committee. He was again chosen in 1882, but owing to the urgency of his business
matters he could not serve. He is a member of both the Masons and Odd Fellows.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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