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Sharpe, Thomas H.

The oldest surviving son of the worthy gentleman who was the subject of the preceding sketch, came to this place with his father a mere boy, yet in his teens, but well qualified to assist his father, as he did, in training "the young idea how to shoot."

About the year 1831, he engaged with Arthur St. Clair as a clerk in the Land Office, and had almost entire charge of the immense sales of land in this district; it was then his business qualifications were first developed.

After his father's death he was appointed Agent of State for the town of Indianapolis, a position previously held by his father.

He was appointed teller in the branch of the State Bank of Indiana, and after the retirement of Judge Morris as its cashier, Mr. Sharpe was appointed his successor, and held the place until the affairs of the bank were wound up.

He then engaged with the late Calvin Fletcher in a private bank, and, although Mr. Fletcher is dead, he requested that the business of the bank should be continued by Mr. Sharpe, and without change, the same as if he was yet living.

This is one of the highest encomiums that could be paid to his integrity, worth and merit; for no person knew him so well as Mr. Fletcher; they had been associated in business nearly twenty years.

It is unnecessary to say that he now has the entire charge of one of the prominent banks in the city, and does quite as large a business as any of them.

Mr. Sharpe has quite a large family of children; in the person of one of them he has brought down to the present time the good name of his father in full, and I hope it will be continued to future generations.

When he first came to this place he was a very active young man, and prided himself on his fleetness of foot, and many was the race he ran with the young men of the place, and was never beaten.  He yet steps with an elasticity that leads me to believe he would be hard to beat.


Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 221-222


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