Thomas Paine Westendorf is best known as the songwriter of the eternally beloved I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
(1875) which he wrote for his wife, Jennie.
He was born of German parents in Virginia of German parents and was at the Indiana House of Refuge for Juvenile Offenders in Hendricks County, Indiana when the song was written.
Printings of his works over the previous almost 150 years have given a bewildering variety of attributions including T. P. Westendorf, T. Westendorf, T.P. Westendorf, T.P.Westendorf, Th. P. Westendorf, Thomas P. Westen Dorf, Thomas P. Westendorfer, Thomas P. Westendorp, Thomas P. Westerdorf, Thomas Westendorf, Thos. Westendorf, Trad., Westendorf, Westendorff, Westerndorf and simply Westondorp.