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BALLARD, Tilgham E.


Portrait & Biographical Record of Montgomery, Parke & Fountain Counties, Indiana.
Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1893, p 400.

Tilgham E. Ballard was born Nov 11, 1850 in Boone County, Indiana was reared on a farm until he was 20 and then entered Asbury, now DePauw University although he did not remain to graduate. After this he engaged in teaching and was ordained minister in the Universalist Church in Cass Co. and preached 5 years. A portion of the time he was located at Logansport and took part in 4 public discussions with Elder Bitler, of Galveston, Cass Co; Elder Cooper of Roann in Wabash County; Elder Holt of Montgomery Co and Elder HOwe of Henry Co, on the subject of future endless punishment. These discussions were arranged by the friends of the churches and usually extended over 4 or 5 days. The work of the ministry necessitated his visiting all parts of the state and as his health was poor he decided to cease active work in the ministry and enter the pracice of law. For this Tilghman Ballard was particularly fitted on account of his logical mind and powers of oratory. He was admitted to practice in Wabash Co 1876 and the next year located here. As there was a probability of his meeting with great success in real estate practice, he has made that a specialty. Soon he was made Chairman of The Democratic Central Committee, but not long after this he joined the prohibition party. He has made a canvass regularly during every campaign since and in 1888 he made a general canvass of the state. His elocutionary powers have been acknowledged and he has been in demand as a lecturer generally upon educational topics, in which he has always been much interested and for which he has used his pen with force and conviction. In 1886, his brother Emerson became his partner and soon after they began to compile law works, the importance of which we will notice later. The marriage of Tilghman E. Ballard took place June 22, 1876 in Logansport, Ind to Miss Eva Clodfelter and two bright children, Ray C in his 11th year and Mary Ann in her 3rd make their home happy.

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