Biography of Hon. Dan Waugh
Tipton County, IN Biographies





HON. DAN WAUGH was born in Wells County, Ind., on the 7th day of March, 1842. While a boy, he attended the crude country schools of that period, and succeeded in acquiring a good common school education. When quite a young man, he taught several schools, as so many men have done who have subsequently risen to distinction. On the 9th day of September, 1861, the war of the rebellion becoming colossal in proportions, he enlisted in Company A, Thirty fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which was immediately sent to the front and assigned to the Thirteenth Corps. Hem took part in the closely contested battles in which that corps was engaged. He was in the trenches before Vicksburg; he endured the trials and hardships of the Red River campaign; he was in the battles at Jackson, Miss., and at Island No. 10, and in that fierce and bitter struggle at Champion Hills he received a severe bayonet wound in the thigh. Upon being mustered out of the army, Mr. Waugh returned to Wells County, and shortly afterward entered upon the study of law at Bluffton, having determined to enter that profession. In 1866, he was admitted to the bar of Wells County, but in the following year, conceiving Tipton to be a better field for a young lawyer, he located in that town. Soon afterward, he entered into a partnership with Judge John Green, the oldest and one of the ablest practitioners at the Tipton bar. This partnership continued for several years, and so closely did Mr. Waugh apply himself, and such aptitude did he display for forensic en­counters, that he early took a front rank in his profession. After the dissolution of this firm, he continued the practice alone, his success in­creasing with each year, and his business growing to large proportions. In November, 1882, he formed a partnership with John P. Kemp, an able and rising young lawyer, and the firm of Waugh & Kemp is one of the strongest in this part of the State. Mr. Waugh was married in 1870 to Miss Alice Grove, a daughter of Dr. J. M. Grove, of Tipton, and they have three children, named Pearl, Bell and Nina. A lawyer in large and active practice is very much before the people, who readily place an estimate upon his attainments and abilities. Thus it has been with Dan Waugh, and the opinion so formed of him by the public has been highly complimentary, but free from exaggeration. He is an excellent lawyer, in the strict sense of that term, and as an advocate he is earnest, eloquent and impressive. Few men in Northern Indiana can make a stronger or more feeling appeal to a jury, and few have done so more successfully, judging by the verdicts secured. In addition to this, few have gained and kept a larger practice and given better satisfaction to clients. His success at the bar is but the deserved reward of an undeviating attention to duty and of fidelity to every engagement and undertaking. When his services have been secured, he regards no work in the interest of his client as too severe, and when the case is a difficult one, his toil is frequently extreme. In politics, Mr. Waugh is a Republican, and by his discussions of public questions upon the stump, he has achieved distinction in his party, and in his own county particularly he is looked up to by his friends as a leader of party opinion. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Financially, he is in very comfortable circumstances, being the owner of valuable town and farm property and a fine law library. He is yet a young man, very popular with the people, and his prospects for the future are continually brightening.

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


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