Biography of Thomas B. Bates
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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.

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


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