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Baseball; Baseball managers; Baseball players; Baseball Hall of Fame (Cooperstown, N.Y.); Baseball managers, African American; Negro baseball leagues; Negro athletes; Sports
He was a professional baseball player and manager of the Negro Leagues from 1915 through the 1950s. His career began playing for the Indianapolis ABCs in 1915 and included stops with several teams during...
Sports; Basketball; Basketball players; Tennis players; Athletes; Robertson, Oscar, 1938-; Ashe, Arthur
Oscar Robertson attended Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis and was known as the "Big O." He was a member of the first African American high school team to win the state championship. They won...
Otis R. Bowen, M.D.
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.
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...
Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906; Composers; Singers; Tuxedoes; State songs
Dresser's real name was Johann Paul Dreiser, Jr. He studied at St. Meinrad's seminary in Southern Indiana, but left the school to become a composer and singer. He went to Chicago and worked as part of...
Percy L. Julian
Julian, Percy L.; Chemical industry; Teachers; Scientists; Scientific equipment; Chemistry; DePauw University
Following his graduation from State Normal School for Negroes in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1916, Julian travelled to Greencastle, Indiana, to enroll at DePauw University. He was the only black student there....
Harris, Phil, 1904-1995; Musicians; Comedians
Phil Harris was a musician and became known for his music and comedy on the Jack Benny radio show from 1936-1946. He and his wife Alice Faye had their own radio show from 1946-1954. He was the voice of...
Sperry, Portia Howe; Dolls; Authors; Toys; Rag dolls
Portia Howe Sperry was born in Illinois. She married Ralph Waldo Emerson Sperry and they lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sperry's husband Ralph was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression...
Sperry, Ralph, 1880-1961; Pianos; Musical instrument industry; Piano--Construction; Rudolph Wurlitzer Company
Ralph Sperry was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression hit he was living with his family in Ft. Wayne where he worked for the Packard Piano Company. The family moved to Nashville,...
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...
Skelton, Red, 1913- ; Comedians; Radio industry; Television programs; Entertainers; Actors
Skelton was an all-around entertainer. He left Vincennes in 1925 to join Doc Lewis's Patent Medicine Show. From there he went on to entertain people in tent shows, showboats, circuses, dance marathons,...
Rev. Jim Jones
Jones, Jim, 1931-1978; Clergy; Peoples Temple; Cults--United States; Jonestown Mass Suicide, Jonestown, Guyana, 1978
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...
Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh
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, 1917-
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...
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...
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...
Robert Dale Owen
Owen, Robert Dale, 1801-1877; Politicians; Social reformers--United States; Legislators
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...
Indiana, Robert, 1928- ; Artists; Sculptors
The artist was born Robert Clark, and later adopted the name of his home state. He studied at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis and the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in New York. He completed...
Owen, Robert, 1771-1858; Education; Educational change; Educational equalization; Social reformers--United States; Socialists--United States
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...
Wise, Robert, 1914- ; Motion pictures; Academy Awards (Motion pictures); Motion picture producers and directors; Living Legends
Robert Wise is a four-time Academy Award winner and one of the most respected editors and directors in Hollywood. His films include Citizen Kane, West Side Story, and The Sound of Music. His fascination...
Lilly, Ruth, 1915- ; Philanthropists; Philanthropy; Humanitarianism; Living Legends
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...
Sarah Tittle Barrett Bolton
Bolton, Sarah T. (Sarah Tittle), 1814-1893; Poets; Authors; Composers; Clothing & dress; Women's rights; Suffragists
Known for her poetry, including her classic "Paddle Your Own Canoe," Sarah Bolton began writing at a young age and contributed poems to newspapers and to the Home Journal. She was poet laureate of Indiana...
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