Saturday, October 25, 2014

Memorial for Thad S. ADAMS (1943)

As mentioned in Hendricks County Circuit Court Civil Order Book Volume 93 (June 1942 - June 1943), the death of Thad S. Adams on May 30, 1943 led the Hendricks County Bar to issue this memorial about him in the circuit court minutes of June 4, 1943:

"He was born near Lizton, Indiana ninety years ago and was a lifelong resident of Hendricks County. He taught school for a number of years and in 1878 was admitted to the practice of law in Danville, Indiana, where he practiced his profession until 1937 when his failing health permitted him no longer to go to his office. When Hendricks County became the 55th Judicial Circuit in 1889 Governor Alvin P. Hovey appointed Mr. Adams the first prosecuting attorney of this Circuit, and he was elected to succeed himself. From 1896 to 1900 he was Dean of the Law Department of Central Normal College. On his seventy-fifth birthday, November 6, 1928, he was elected a member of the House of Representatives of the State of Indiana, and in 1930 was re-elected to that position. He was intensely patriot and among the bills he introduced in the State Legislature was a bill requiring all teachers in the public schools and colleges to take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana, and to teach nothing derogatory thereto.

"Mr. Adams was always helpful to the younger members of the bar. In fact he seemed never to be happier than when he could lend sympathy and aid to anyone in need. He was president of the Hendricks County Bar Association for many years and its members will miss his helpfulness and mourn his loss."

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