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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Porter, Cole, 1891-1964; Musicians; Composers; Musical revues & comedies; Pianos
Porter was the composer of more than 30 musical comedies. Among his most popular songs are "Anything Goes," and "In the Still of the Night." One of his most famous musicals was "Kiss Me Kate."
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 P. Stewart
Stewart, George P. (George Pheldon), 1874-1924; Newspapers; Newspaper industry; African Americans; Journalists
Stewart along with Will H. Porter co-founded the Indianapolis Recorder newspaper in the 1890s. It began in an office on New York Street in Indianapolis. Stewart eventually became sole owner. He was active...
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,...
Gene Stratton Porter
Stratton-Porter, Gene, 1863-1924; Naturalists--United States; Women naturalists--United States; Women novelists, American; Authors, American--Indiana; Wildflowers
Gene Stratton Porter and her husband Charles lived in Geneva, Indiana, near the Limberlost Swamp. She began photographing birds and animals in their natural habitat. Some of her photographs were published...
Ade, George, 1866-1944; Authors, American--Indiana; Dramatists; Journalists
George Ade was a humorist, author, playwright, and newspaper columnist. After graduating from Purdue in 1887 he worked as a journalist in Lafayette before taking a job at the Chicago Daily News. His daily...
Wallace, Lew, 1827-1905; Lawyers; Authors, American--Indiana; Governors; Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States; Politicians; American literature--19th century; Diplomatic and consular service, American--Turkey; Trials (Assassination)--United States; New Mexico--Politics and government--1848-1950; Turkey--History--1878-1909; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Wallace served in the Mexican War from 1846-1847. He returned to Indiana and was admitted to the bar in 1849. He established his law practice in Indianapolis and was elected to the State Senate in 1856....
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...
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.
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...
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