Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States. He is credited with preserving the union, freeing the slaves. He had a good command of the English language as demonstrated in his Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Presidents; Politicians; Lawyers; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Anderson native Carl Erskine pitched ten years for the Brooklyn Dodgers and two years for the Los Angeles Dodgers after the team moved west. He had 122 wins and 78 losses, and pitched two no-hitters. He played in five different World Series....
Brooklyn Dodgers (Baseball team); Los Angeles Dodgers (Baseball team); World Series (Baseball); Baseball cards; Baseball players; Baseball; Bankers; Sports; Erskine, Carl; Living Legends
Debs was a founder of the American Railway Union and served as the Union's first president. He organized the Social Democratic Party of America in 1897, and ran for the U.S. Presidency in 1900, 1904, 1908, 1912, and 1920. He was convicted of...
Most of his life
Debs, Eugene V. (Eugene Victor), 1855-1926; Labor movement--United States; Labor unions; Labor leaders; Socialists--United States; Socialism; Social-Democratic Party of America; Presidential candidates--United States
Gene Stratton Porter and her husband Charles lived in Geneva, Indiana, near the Limberlost Swamp. She began photographing birds and animals in their natural habitat. Some of her photographs were published in magazines. Following her success with...
Childhood and most of her adult life
Stratton-Porter, Gene, 1863-1924; Naturalists--United States; Women naturalists--United States; Women novelists, American; Authors, American--Indiana; Wildflowers
In 1814 George Rapp and his followers came up the Wabash River by flatboat and founded the utopian community of Harmonie. The Harmonists were a group of Lutheran dissenters who had left Germany in 1805 seeking religious freedom and settled in...
Rapp, George,1757-1847; Rappites; Harmony Society; Germans--United States; Harmonists; United States--Emigration and immigration; Immigrants; Germans--Indiana
Jim Davis created Garfield the cat. That cartoon strip is the most widely syndicated Sunday comic in the United States and is read daily by more than 220 million people worldwide. Davis is an active environmentalist and participates in the National...
Garfield (Fictitious character); Cartoon characters; Comics; Cartoonists; Dogs; Cats; Artists; Environmentalists; Living Legends; Davis, Jim, 1945 July 28-
Wallace served in the Mexican War from 1846-1847. He returned to Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He established his law practice in Indianapolis and was elected to the State Senate in 1856. In 1861 Governor Morton appointed him...
Most of his life
Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905; Lawyers; Authors, American--Indiana; Governors; Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States; Politicians; American literature--19th century; Diplomatic and consular service, American--Turkey; Trials...
Little Turtle was a Miami Indian chief. He fought against settlers in the Northwest Territory. After the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794 he reluctantly signed the Treaty of Greenville giving Indian land to the United States.
Little Turtle, 1747?-1812; Indians of North America; Miami Indians; Tribal chiefs; Fallen Timbers, Battle of, 1794; Greenville, Treaty of, 1795; Necklaces; Earrings
Otis "Doc" Bowen, M.D. began his career as a family physician and went on to serve in the Indiana legislature and then as Indiana's governor from 1973 to 1981. In 1985 he was nominated by president Ronald Reagan to serve as Secretary of the...
Physicians--Indiana; Governors--Indiana; Politicians--Indiana; Cabinet officers--United States; Health care; United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Living Legends; Bowen, Otis R.
Jones was a religious leader who founded the Peoples Temple. He moved the church to California in 1965 and started churches in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and his followers moved to Jonestown, Guyana in the 1970s. He led a mass suicide there...
Rev. Hesburgh is president emeritus of Notre Dame University. He is a national leader in the field of education. During his career he has served on numerous commissions, was chairman of the International Federation of Catholic Universities, has...
Religious education; Education; University of Notre Dame--Presidents; College presidents--Indiana; Catholic Church--United States--Clergy; Social reformers--United States; Presidential Medal of Freedom; Living Legends; Hesburgh, Theodore Martin,...
Richard Lugar began his political career as a member of the Indianapolis School Board. He was elected mayor of Indianapolis in 1967. His Uni-Gov program consolidated city-county government. During his terms as mayor he re-defined the office and the...
Robert Dale Owen was the son of Robert Owen who founded New Harmony, Indiana. Robert Dale was a philosopher, author, politician, and social reformer. He was an advocate for women's rights and served in the Indiana General Assembly and the U.S....
Most of his adult life
Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877; Politicians; Social reformers--United States; Legislators
When the Rappites decided to return to Pennsylvania, Robert Owen bought the town they called Harmony and renamed it New Harmony. His followers were given the name Harmonists. Owen hoped to establish a new social order. He brought famous teachers...
Owen, Robert, 1771-1858; Education; Educational change; Educational equalization; Social reformers--United States; Socialists--United States
Ruth Lilly personifies philanthropy. She believes in helping others. In her first major gift, Lilly and her brother donated their family home, Oldfields, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, along with trust income to maintain it. Lilly is a generous...
Lilly, Ruth, 1915- ; Philanthropists; Philanthropy; Humanitarianism; Living Legends
Saint Theodora came to Indiana in 1840. She overcame religious, gender, and cultural prejudice and established St. Mary-of-the-Woods, the oldest Catholic women's liberal arts college in the United States. Eventually she opened 10 schools in the...
Nuns; Saints; Teachers; Missionaries; Religious education; Religious orders; Women; Clothing & dress; Theodora, Mother, Saint, 1798-1856; Sisters of Providence (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.)
He served in the Indiana House of Representatives and the U. S. House. He was a United States senator during the latter years of the Civil War and the first years of Reconstruction. Hendricks became governor of the state in 1872. He was the...
Grew up and lived in Indiana
Legislators; Politicians; Vice presidents; Governors; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885
Marshall served one term as Governor, 1909-1913. While in office he tried to create a more modern state consitution. He was elected Vice-President of the United States in 1913, serving with President Woodrow Wilson. Marshall is known for having...
Marshall, Thomas R. (Thomas Riley), 1854-1925; Governors; Vice Presidents; Politicians
Willkie was the Republican candidate for president in 1940. Following his loss he toured the world at the invitation of President Roosevelt, meeting the leaders of other countries. Following this trip he wrote his famous book "One World."
In 1898 President McKinley called for 75,000 volunteers to help fight in the war with Spain. The 161st Indiana Regiment was formed from companies located across the state. William E. Biederwolf who was minister at the Broadway Presbyterian Church...
Most of his life.
Biederwolf, William E. (William Edward), 1867-1939; Chaplains; Clergy; Evangelists; Military uniforms; Spanish American War, 1898--Regimental histories--United States; United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 161st (1898-1899); Hats; Soldiers
William Henry Harrison became famous as the victor in the Battle of Tippecanoe (Nov. 7, 1811), while also serving as Indiana's first territorial governor, 1801-1812. Through his negotiations with Native Americans 1803-1809 he secured the southern...
Governors; Politicians; Portraits; Presidents
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