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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...
Poets; Poetry; Carter, Jared, 1939-
Jared Carter is known for his poetry. His book "Work, for the Night is Coming" received the Walt Whitman Award in 1980.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Presidents; Politicians; Lawyers; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
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....
Rorem, Ned, 1923- ; Composers; Authors
Ned Rorem is a distinguished author and composer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1976 orchestral suite, "Air Music." He has written several books and was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim...
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...
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,...
David A. Wolf
Wolf, David A., 1956- ; Astronauts; Air pilots; Military air pilots; Medical personnel; Engineers; Model airplanes
A NASA astronaut, Dr. Wolf is a graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis. He earned an engineering degree from Purdue University and a medical degree from Indiana University. In 1983, he joined...
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...
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...
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...
Noel, Nancy A.; Artists; Posters; Portraits
Noel is a poster artist. She received her BA from Mount St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1967. She taught art to gifted children with emotional and psychological problems and opened the Noel Gallery...
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...
Authors, American; Children's literature; Artists; Cartoonists; Motion picture industry; Animation; Peet, Bill, 1915-2002
As a child Bill Peet spent much of his time drawing pictures. He was awarded a scholarship to study at Herron Art Institute in Indianapolis. He went to work for Walt Disney studios and worked on several...
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...
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...
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