Ringgold County Biographical Sketches
Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 278 - 279.
"Thomas LIGGETT, one of the enterprising business men of Mt. Ayr, where he carries on a fine
grocery, is a native of Ohio, born on a farm in Union County, March 2, 1841, a son of Henry and Jane
(Brown) Liggett, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Scotland, coming to America with her
parents when four years of age.
They were married in Xenia, Ohio, and settled in Union County,
where our subject grew to manhood, his youth being spent in assisting his father clear and improve
their farm from a heavily-timbered tract of land.
Thomas Liggett went to Livingston County,
Illinois, in 1858, where he taught a district school, remaining there until the summer of 1861, when
he went to Monmouth, Illinois.
At the breaking out of the war of the Rebellion he enlisted in
Company C, Thirty-sixth Illinois Infantry, when he was sent to Missouri. The first battle in which he
participated was at Pea Ridge, when he was transferred to the Army of the Tennessee, and was at the
siege of Corinth. In September, 1862, he was transferred to the Army of the Cumberland, and took part
in the battle of Perryville and in the campaign of Stone River. The following spring he was in the
Tullahoma campaign, then went to Bridgeport and through Georgia, and took part in the battle of
Chickamauga, where he was wounded, being shot through the cheek, the ball coming out at the back of
the neck. He was then sent to the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, remaining there till the
expiration of his term of service, when he was mustered out in September, 1864.
He then returned to
Monmouth, Illinois, where he remained six years, during which time he followed the vocation of a
teacher. He was married in February 1869, to Miss Catherine Arthur, a native of Warren county,
Illinois. They have four children living -- two sons and two daughters.
In 1870 Mr. Liggett went to
Grand Prairie, his father's old home, where he had died in 1862, and there he followed farming on the
homestead for two years, when he sold the farm and returned to Warren County, Illinois, and was
engaged in the hardware business in the town of Alexis for two years.
In the spring of 1875 he came
with his family to Mt. Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa, and soon formed a partnership with John R.
Henderson and engaged in the grocery business, on the south side of the square. Mr. Henderson
retired from the firm in the following spring, when Mr. Liggett took John S. Kirvy as a partner, with
whom he was associated until July, 1878, when Mr. Liggett retired from the firm.
He was then
nominated clerk of the courts on the Republican ticket, being elected by a majority of seventy-eight
votes, assuming the duties of his office in January, 1879; was re-elected in 1880 by a majority of
600 votes, and in 1882 was again elected to the same office, holding that position, in all, six
years, after which he embarked in the grocery business, and by his courteous and affable manner, and
strict attention to the wants of his many customers, he has built up a good trade and gained the
confidence and respect of the community.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Liggett are members of the United
Presbyterian church, of which he is serving as elder."
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