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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...
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,...
Anton "Tony" Hulman Jr.
Indianapolis Speedway Race; Business people; Pens; Globes
Tony was born in Terre Haute but then attended private schools in the east. After graduating from Yale University's Scientific School in 1924 with a degree in engineering, he returned to Terre Haute to...
Governor Paul V. McNutt
Governors; McNutt, Paul V. (Paul Vories), 1891-1955; Strikes; Labor unions; Martial law
Paul McNutt grew up in Martinsville, Indiana, and went to Indiana University. He received his law degree from Harvard University. In 1925 he became Indiana University's youngest Dean. From 1932-1940 he...
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...
George Alexander Ball
Business people; Philanthropists; Glass industry; Glass fruit jars; Ball, George A., 1862-1955; Ball Brothers Company, inc.; Ball Corporation
Glass canning jar family business and the Ball Foundation
Haynes, Elwood, 1857-1925; Haynes automobile; Inventors; Inventions; Automobile industry; Automobiles; Business people; Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company
Haynes is responsible for the first commercially built gasoline-powered automobile in Indiana. It was built in 1894 while he was manager of the Indiana Natural Gas and Oil Company. He also discovered stellite...
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...
Sanders, Harland, 1890- ; Restaurants; Fast food restaurants; Kentucky Fried Chicken (Firm); Chicken industry; Clothing & dress
Harland Sanders began cooking as a child. Afer his father died he was responsible for looking after his younger brother and sister while his mother worked, so he prepared their food. He had a variety of...
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...
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...
Jennings, Jonathan, 1784-1834; Governors; Politicians; Legislators; Lawyers; Portraits
Jonathan Jennings was born in New Jersey and raised in Pennsylvania. As a lawyer he moved to Indiana first working in Vincennes then moving to Charlestown. He represented the Indiana Territory in Congress...
Journalism; Journalists; Newspaper industry; Reporters; Newspapers; Authors; Women; Portraits; Portrait photographs; State parks & reserves; Strauss, Juliet V. (Juliet Virginia), 1863-1918
As a child Strauss showed a talent for writing. The editor of the Rockville Tribune noticed her talent and encouraged her. In 1893 she began writing the column "Squibs and Sayings" for the Rockville Tribune....
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...
Wayne, Anthony, 1745-1796; Military officers; Military uniforms
In 1794 when negotiations with the Indians over land failed, Wayne was authorized to fight them. In August his men defeated the Indians at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in Ohio. In September he established...
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....
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...
Slocum, Frances, 1773-1847; Indians of North America; Indian captivities; Miami Indians; Women; Kidnappings; Clothing & dress
Slocum was taken from her family when she was 5 years old by Delaware braves. She was raised by a Delaware couple who settled in the Miami village of Kekionga near present day Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the...
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