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Basketball; Basketball players; Sports; McGinnis, George, 1950-
George McGinnis grew up in Indianapolis and attended George Washington High School where he excelled in basketball. He was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1969. He attended Indiana University but left to begin...
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...
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...
Otis R. Bowen, M.D.
Physicians--Indiana; Governors--Indiana; Politicians--Indiana; Cabinet officers--United States; Health care; United States. Dept. of Health and Human Services; Living Legends; Bowen, Otis R.
Otis "Doc" Bowen, M.D. began his career as a family physician and went on to serve in the Indiana legislature and then as Indiana's governor from 1973 to 1981. In 1985 he was nominated by president Ronald...
Coffin, Levi, 1798-1877; Underground railroad system; Abolition movement; Abolitionists; Business people
Coffin was born in North Carolina and moved with his family to Newport (now Fountain City), Indiana, in 1826. He became a leading merchant and miller. In 1844 he began selling only goods not produced by...
Julia Graydon Sharpe
Women artists; Artists; Watercolorists; Watercolors; Women; Clothing & dress; Sharpe, Julia Graydon, ca. 1857-1939
Julia Graydon Sharpe was born into a wealthy family in Indianapolis. At first she painted as a hobby, then in her mid-thirties she decided to study painting seriously. She attended art schools and studied...
William Henry Harrison
Governors; Politicians; Portraits; Presidents
William Henry Harrison became famous as the victor in the Battle of Tippecanoe (Nov. 7, 1811), while also serving as Indiana's first territorial governor, 1801-1812. Through his negotiations with Native...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Sperry, Portia Howe; Dolls; Authors; Toys; Rag dolls
Portia Howe Sperry was born in Illinois. She married Ralph Waldo Emerson Sperry and they lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Sperry's husband Ralph was a nationally known piano designer. When the Great Depression...
Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown
Baseball; Baseball players; Sports
Mordecai Brown played baseball for 14 years in the major leagues, including pitching several seasons for the Chicago Cubs. He was a right handed pitcher, throwing a natural sinker and curve ball. In 1949...
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...
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...
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, 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...
Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945; Poets; Authors; Poetry; Ehrmann, Max, 1872-1945. Desiderata; Paintings; Portraits; Palettes; Philosophers
Ehrmann was born in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended DePauw University and edited the DePauw Weekly. He later studied law and philosophy at Harvard. He worked as a lawyer at his brother's overall factory...
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