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Lois Irene Marshall

Lois Irene Marshall
Mrs. Thos. R. Marshall.jpg
Second Lady of the United States
In role
March 4, 1913 – March 4, 1921
Vice PresidentThomas R. Marshall
Preceded byCarrie Sherman (1912)
Succeeded byGrace Coolidge
First Lady of Indiana
In office
January 11, 1909 – January 13, 1913
Preceded byEva Hanly
Succeeded byJennie Ralston
Personal details
Lois Irene Kimsey

(1873-05-09)May 9, 1873
Angola, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 6, 1958(1958-01-06) (aged 84)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Resting placeCrown Hill Cemetery
Spouse(s)Thomas Marshall (1895–1925)
ChildrenIzzy (foster son)

Lois Irene Kimsey Marshall (born Lois Irene Kimsey; May 9, 1873 – January 6, 1958) was the wife of Thomas R. Marshall, who served as the 28th Vice President of the United States from 1913 to 1921. During her husband's tenure she held the unofficial position of the Second Lady of the United States. She served also as First Lady of Indiana during her husband's Governorship (1909–1913).


She was born on May 9, 1873. The daughter of William Edward Kimsey and Elizabeth Dale, Lois married Marshall, 19 years her senior, on October 2, 1895.

Lois Irene Marshall with her husband, Thomas R. Marshall, in Washington, D.C.

She became involved in charitable activities in Washington and spent time working at the Diet Kitchen Welfare Center providing free meals to impoverished children. In 1917 she became acquainted with a mother of newborn twins, one of whom was chronically ill. The child's parents were unable to get adequate treatment for their son's condition. Lois Marshall formed a close bond with the baby, who was named Clarence Ignatius Morrison, and offered to take him and help him find treatment.

The Marshalls had been unable to have children but they never officially adopted Morrison because they believed that to go through the procedure while his parents were still alive would appear unusual to the public. They instead made a special arrangement with his parents. Morrison lived with the Marshalls for the rest of his life. In correspondence they referred to him as Morrison Marshall, but in person they called him Izzy. Lois took him to see many doctors and spent all her available time trying to nurse him back to health but his condition worsened and he died in February 1920, just before his fourth birthday.

After her husband died in 1925, she moved to Arizona and lived on her husband's pension and the sales of his memoirs. She died at her Phoenix home in Arizona on January 6, 1958. She was 84 at the time of her death. She was interred next to her husband in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.[1]


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Honorary titles
Title last held by
Carrie Sherman
Second Lady of the United States
Succeeded by
Grace Coolidge
Title last held by
Eva Hanly
First Lady of Indiana
Succeeded by
Jennie Ralston