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Carl G. Fisher
Business people; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.; Eyeglasses; Bicycle shops; Bicycle racing
In 1891 Fisher and his brothers opened a bicycle shop in Indianapolis. He became known as a daredevil cyclist. In 1904 Fisher, in partnership with James A. Allison, formed the Prest-O-Lite Company which...
T. C. Steele
Steele, T. C. (Theodore Clement), 1847-1926; Artists; Artist colonies; Beards
Steele began drawing as a child and at the age of 12 was teaching schoolmates. With the financial support of friends, he and his family went to Germany where he studied art at the Munich Royal Academy....
Nicholson, Meredith, 1866-1947; Authors; Journalists
Nicholson dropped out of high school after completing one year. He worked in different jobs that eventually led him to a career in writing. He worked one year for the newspaper The Indianapolis Sentinel,...
Forsyth, William, 1854-1935; Artists; Teachers; Mustaches
Forsyth studied art at the Royal Academy of Munich. When he returned to Indiana he taught with other artists and eventually joined the staff at Herron Art School. Forsyth enjoyed painting Hoosier landscapes...
Lugar, Richard; Mayors; Legislators; Politicians
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...
Richard Jordan Gatling
Gatling, Richard Jordan, 1818-1903; Gatling guns; Arms & armament; Machine guns
In 1862 Gatling invented and patented the first Gatling gun, a hand-cranked rapid fire weapon with 10 revolving barrels. Due to production problems the weapon was not used during the Civil War, but later...
Dillinger, John, 1903-1934; Criminals; Firearms; Machine guns
In 1924 Dillinger attempted to rob someone in Mooresville. He was apprehended and sent to prison for 9 years. After his parole he began robbing banks across the state. He was captured in 1934 but escaped...
Julius R. Frederick
Frederick, Julius R., 1852-1904; Explorers; Discovery & exploration; Expeditions & surveys
In 1881 Frederick volunteered for a polar expedition to Lady Franklin Bay, also known as the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition or Greely Expedition. Lt. A. W. Greely of the 5th U.S. Cavalry led the expedition...
Charles Warren Fairbanks
Fairbanks, Charles W. (Charles Warren), 1852-1918; Vice presidents; Politicians; Newspapers; Legislators; Lawyers
Fairbanks had a successful career as an attorney for the Indianapolis, Bloomington, and Western Railroad. He purchased the Indianapolis News in 1893. Following that he began a political career serving...
Hubbard, Kin, 1868-1930; Cartoon characters; Cartoonists; Comics; Fictitious characters; Authors, American--Indiana; Newspapers
Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard created the comic strip character Abe Martin which first appeared in the Indianapolis News on December 17, 1904. The comic's setting was the fictitious town of Bloom Center...
William H. English
English, William Hayden, 1822-1896; Politicians; Legislators; Authors, American--Indiana; Hotels; Opera houses
William English was a politician who served 4 terms in the U.S. Congress. In 1880 he was the Democratic candidate for vice president. He built the English Opera House and Hotel on the northwest quadrant...
Marshall, Thomas R. (Thomas Riley), 1854-1925; Governors; Vice Presidents; Politicians
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...
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973; Automobile racing drivers; Indianapolis Speedway Race; Cakes; Cooks; Aprons
Rickenbacker was a relief driver in the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He drove at the Speedway between 1911 and 1916, then later owned the racetrack from 1927-1945. He was also an air pilot in World...
Lilly, Eli, 1885- ; Eli Lilly and Company; Pharmaceutical industry; Philanthropists; Historians; Business people
After graduating from college, Lilly joined the family pharmaceutical business. He was president of the company from 1932 to 1948. Following that he was chairman of the board. He showed great management...
Madam C.J. Walker
Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919; African Americans--Indiana--Indianapolis; Beauty shops; Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company; Beauty culture--Indiana--Indianapolis; Cosmetics industry--Indiana--Indianapolis
Walker created a product to stimulate hair growth and a steel comb that helped straighten hair. She established her own company in Indianapolis employing people there and thousands of agents across the...
Crowe, Ray, 1915-2003; African Americans; Teachers; Coaches (Athletics); Basketball; Politicians; Basketball coaches--Indiana; Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Crowe grew up on a farm in Johnson County. He graduated from Indiana Central College and was a public school teacher in Indianapolis. In 1955 he coached the Crispus Attucks High School basketball team...
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 (Assassination)--United States; New Mexico--Politics and government--1848-1950; Turkey--History--1878-1909; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
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....
Senator J. Danforth (Dan) Quayle
Quayle, Dan, 1947- ; Politicians; Legislators; Vice presidents; African Americans
Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1976 and to the U.S. Senate in 1980. He was reelected in 1986. In 1988 George H. W. Bush chose him to be his running mate in the presidential election. Quayle was the ninth...
Duke Hampton Family Orchestra
Jazz; Big bands; Jazz musicians; Families; Musicians; Wind instruments; Pianos; Drums; African Americans; Trombones; Trumpets; Saxophones; Brass instruments; Stringed instruments; Musical instruments; Music ensembles; Orchestras; Bands
Noble Lee Sissle
Musicians; Sissle, Noble, 1889- ; Horne, Lena; African Americans; Singers; Composers; Dramatists
Sissle was a famous musician, playwright, and composer.
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