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Thomas B. Long
Long was born near Mansfield, Ohio on October 25,
1836, the son of Israel and Rachel (Harper) Long, both natives of
Pennsylvania. In November 1846, the family moved to Terre Haute,
where, as a youth, "he evinced a marked taste for music and
art." However, he finally selected the law as a profession,
and begin study in 1854 under Col. Richard W. Thompson. Then he
attended the Law Department of Cincinnati College, where he received
a law degree in the spring of 1856, before he was 20 years old.
Upon returning to Terre Haute he took up the practice and worked
for one of the daily newspapers. In 1868, he was appointed Vigo
County school examiner with the duty to scrutinize and license all
school teachers. In 1870, he was elected by a large majority as
Judge of the Vigo Criminal Court, a position he held for many years.
[The biographical profile of Judge Long was graciously provided by Michael McCormick, a lawyer-historian, who has provided continuing assistance in our efforts to identify Indiana lawyer poets. The quotes and the biographical details on Judge Long were, according to McCormick, drawn from American Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men of the State of Indiana (1880)]