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Title: A. M. Padgitt
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Among the honorable and influential citizens of Warren county, Indiana, is the subject of this review, who has here maintained his home for many years, winning a definite success by means of the agricultural industry, to which he has devoted his attention during the years of an active business life. His career has been without shadow of wrong or suspicion of evil and thus he has ever commanded the confidence and esteem of his fellow men.

A. M. Padgitt was born on September 22, 1858, in Medina township,


Warren county, Indiana. His father, Thomas Padgitt, was born in Kentucky and at the age of nine years he removed with his parents to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, later settling himself in Warren county. He died in Kansas in 1897. The subject's mother, Ellen (Moore) Padgitt, was born in Carroll county, Indiana, and she died in 1877. Her father was a man of some prominence, having been one of the early tax collectors of Carroll county, and while in the performance of his duties he stopped for the night at an inn, and was there murdered. His murderer was the first man executed for such a crime in Carroll county. About 1848 Mr. Padgitt's parents located in Warren county and from that time until their deaths they were identified almost continuously with the county's history.

The subject of this sketch secured a good education in the common schools during his boyhood. He remained with his father until he had attained his majority, when he sojourned for a while through the Western states, principally Kansas and Texas, being variously employed. Returning to Indiana in 1884, Mr. Padgitt knows no such thing as idleness and combines with his industry sound judgment, so that his success is but the result of the exercise of proper talents.

In 1884 Mr. Padgitt was united in marriage with Maggie Goodrich, the daughter of James and Rebecca Goodrich, of Warren county. To this union were born two daughters, Bernice A., now Mrs. Edgar Johnson, of Marion county, Ohio, and Maggie May, who makes her home with her sister. Mrs. Maggie Padgitt departed this life on March 18, 1889, and on April 8, 1909, Mr. Padgitt married Jemima Hickman, the daughter of John and Maria (Cothel) Hickman, her birth having occurred on May 14, 1859, in Liberty township, Warren county, Indiana. Mrs. Padgitt's parents were rightfully numbered among the pioneers of this section of the state, having come here when the land was a comparative wilderness. Mrs. Padgitt remained with her parents, prior to her marriage, caring for them until their deaths.

Politically, Mr. Padgitt has always given his support to the Republican party and, though in no sense a seeker after public office for himself, he has taken a keen interest in campaigns and been an important factor in the success of his party in Prairie township. Religiously, he and his wife are attendants and liberal supporters of the Methodist Episcopal church at College Corner. They are popular members of the social circle in which they move and they may always be found on the right side of every movement for the benefit of the community.

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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001040
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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