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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...
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...
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Vonnegut, Kurt; Authors; Veterans; Living Legends; Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five; Prisoners of war; World War, 1939-1945
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. graduated from Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. He attended Cornell University but left to enlist in the Army during World War II. Vonnegut was captured by the Germans during...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
Mendenhall, Mariah, b. 1813; Midwives; Women; Births; Frontier & pioneer life; Pioneers; Clothing & dress; Horses; Horseback riding
Mariah Bowerstock Mendenhall was a midwife from 1840-1900. Some time during the mid-1890s she figured she had assisted with 980 births. In her records she notes that she never had a woman die while in...
Frank Clayton Ball
Ball, Frank Clayton, 1857-1943; Business people; Philanthropists; Ball Brothers Company, inc.; Ball Corporation; Glass fruit jars; Glass industry
Glass canning jar family business and the Ball Foundation.
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...
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...
Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901; Presidents; Legislators; Politicians; Generals
Harrison, the grandson of President William Henry Harrison, moved to Indiana from Ohio in 1854. He was a lawyer and was active in politics. He was in the 70th Indiana Infantry in the Civil War reaching...
Business people; Businessmen; New York Stock Exchange; Portraits; Paintings
Director and Chairman of the Board of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, President of the New York Stock Exchange
Hoagland Howard Carmichael
Songs & music; Composers; Singers; Musicians; Pianos
Carmichael was born in Monroe County and grew-up during the ragtime era. He formed a jazz band while he was studying law at Indiana University. In 1927 when he heard a recording of his song "Washboard...
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...
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