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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...
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...
William E. Biederwolf
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
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...
William Ashley (Billy) Sunday
Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935; Baseball players; Clergy; Evangelists
Sunday was a professional baseball player who became an ordained Presbyterian minister. He drew large crowds to hear his "fire and brimstone" sermons at Winona Lake.
Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954; Politicians; Motion picture industry; Lawyers
Hays was an attorney from Sullivan, Indiana. In 1914 he was State Chairman of the Republican Party. In 1918 he was National Chairman of the party. President Harding appointed him as Postmaster General....
Montgomery, Wes, 1925-1968; Jazz; Jazz musicians; Musicians; African Americans; Guitarists; African American guitarists; African American jazz musicians; Grammy Awards
Montgomery was a jazz guitarist. He played with the Lionel Hampton band, and in a trio with his brothers. In 1965 he won a grammy for his album "Goin' Out of My Head." His album, "A Day in the Life" was...
Willkie, Wendell L. (Wendell Lewis), 1892-1944; Politicians--United States; Authors, American--Indiana; Lawyers
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...
Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom
Grissom, Virgil I.; Astronauts; Air pilots; Military air pilots; Space programs; Space flight
Grissom attended Mitchell High School and Purdue University. He was an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and flew combat missions in Korea. He became one of the seven Mercury astronauts selected by NASA in...
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...
Thomas A. Hendricks
Legislators; Politicians; Vice presidents; Governors; Hendricks, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrews), 1819-1885
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...
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813; Indians of North America; Tribal chiefs
Tecumseh was born in the Shawnee town of Piqua, Ohio. His brother Tenskwatawa, or The Prophet, were important Shawnee leaders. When the Treaty of Greenville was signed giving most of Ohio to whites, Indian...
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....
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...
Politicians; Vice presidents; Newspaper editors; Legislators; Beards; Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885
Colfax clerked in the family store as a teenager. The store was also the town post office. He decided on a career in journalism and politics. He became a newspaper editor in South Bend, Indiana, and was...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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