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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1834

Vol. I

(Born Ky.)

Thomas A. Morris

(Ap'd Ind.)


Born Dec. 26, 1811.

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1830, to July 1, 1834, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Bvt. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, July 1, 1834.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Monroe, Va., 1834‑35, — and Ft. King, Fla.,

(Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, Feb. 25, 1835)

1835; and on Engineer duty, Mar. 16, 1835, to Jan. 21, 1836.

Resigned, Apr. 13, 1836.

Civil History. — Resident Engineer of Canals and Railroads in the service of the State of Indiana, 1836‑41. Chief Engineer of Madison and Indianapolis Railroad, Ind., 1841‑47, — of Terre Haute and Richmond Railroad, Ind., 1847‑52, — of Indianapolis, Ind., and Bellefontaine, O., Railroad, 1847‑52, — and of Indianapolis, Ind., and Cincinnati, O., Railroad, 1852‑54. President of Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad, 1854‑57, — and of Indianapolis, Ind., Pittsburg, Pa., and Cleveland, O., Railroad, 1859‑61.

Military History. — Served during the Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861: in the Western Virginia Campaign of 1861, being engaged

(Brig.‑General, Ind. State Volunteers, Apr. 27, 1861)

in the Action of Philippi, June 3, 1861, — Skirmish of Laurel Hill, July 9, 1861, — and march to Carrick's Ford, reaching there at the close of the combat of July 13, 1861.

Mustered out of Service, July 27, 1861.

Civil History. — Declined appointment to Brig.‑General, U. S. Volunteers, Sep. 20, 1862, and to Major-General, Oct. 25, 1862. Chief Engineer,  p569 Indianapolis and Cincinnati Railroad, 1861‑68. President, Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad, 1868‑71. Receiver, Indianapolis, La­fayette, and Cincinnati Railroad, 1871‑73. Member of State House Commission for the erection of a new Capitol for Indiana, 1877‑88. President of the Indianapolis Water Company, since 1888. Residence, Indianapolis, Ind.

Vol. IV
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Civil History. — President of the Indianapolis Water Company from 1890 to —.

Vol. V
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Civil History. — President of the Indianapolis Water Company from 1890 to 1904.

Died, March 24,​a 1904, at San Diego, Cal., Aged 93.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1904, for an obituary notice.

Buried, Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN.

Thayer's Note:

a His tombstone (q.v.) gives the date of his death as Mar. 22 1904.

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