Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Marshall, Thomas Riley
MARSHALL, THOMAS RILEY, Vice-President of the United States, was born in 1854 in Indiana, graduating from Wabash College in 1873. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and soon attained considerable success and reputation as an orator. After being several times nominated for office by the Democrats, but defeated in the election, he was elected governor of Indiana in 1908. While governor he favored the so-called progressive measures of popular election of senators, employers' liability laws, etc. His supposed opposition to the Democratic machine politicians headed by Taggart, won Marshall considerable popularity and also Indiana's support for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1912. While not successful in gaining the coveted nomination, he did gain second place on the Democratic ticket and was elected Vice-President in 1912, to which office he was re-elected in 1916.