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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...
Poetry; Poets; Prisoners; African Americans; Knight, Etheridge
Etheridge Knight was born in Mississippi. He was in the Army and served in the Korean Conflict. He was seriously wounded there causing him to become addicted to drugs and alcohol. He turned to crime to...
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...
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...
James Whitcomb Riley
Riley, James Whitcomb, 1849-1916; Poets; Poetry; Neckties; Suits (Clothing); Men
Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana, and later lived on Lockerbie Street in Indianapolis. He worked as an artist and a newspaper reporter before becoming nationally known for his poetry. He spent a significant...
George Rogers Clark
Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818; Explorers; Surveyors; Soldiers; Military uniforms; Clark's Expedition to the Illinois, 1778-1779
Clark was from Virginia and was a trained surveyor and frontiersman. He also fought in the Revolutionary War. His brother William was famous for the Lewis and Clark expedition. In 1778, Patrick Henry,...
Mills, Caleb, 1806-1879; Education; Teachers; Educational change; Public schools
Mills was a teacher who came to Indiana from New Hampshire in 1833. He was the first professor at what would become Wabash College. He lobbied the government for a public school system in Indiana that...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Lombard, Carole, 1908-1942; Actresses; Comedians; Governors; Schricker, Henry F. (Henry Fredrick), 1883-1966; Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954; Motion picture industry; Military officers; Autographing; Clothing & dress; Fur coats; Hats
Lombard began acting in silent films. By the 1930s she was popular for "screwball" comedies and was nicknamed the Hoosier Tornado. Lombard was married to screen idol Clark Gable. She was killed in a plane...
Baxter, Anne; Actresses
Anne Baxter was an actress. She performed in plays, movies, and on television. In 1946 she won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in the movie, The Razor's Edge.
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...
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...
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...
Albert Von Tilzer
Von Tilzer, Albert; Composers; Musicians; Music publishing industry; Music; Suits (Clothing)
Albert Von Tilzer's real name was Albert Gumm. He and his brother used their mother's maiden name, Tilzer. He was born in Indianapolis and worked in the family's business. In 1899 he moved to Chicago and...
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...
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...
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