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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....
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bayh, Birch, 1928- ; Politicians; Lawyers; Legislators
Bayh graduated from Indiana University Law School in 1960 and was admitted to the bar in 1961. He was in the Indiana State House of Representatives from 1954-1962. In 1961 he was elected to the U.S. Senate...
Tarkington, Booth, 1869-1946; Authors; Pulitzer Prizes; Clothing & dress; Men; Cigarettes
Tarkington was a famous author who wrote novels about everyday people. He attended Purdue University and Princeton. In 1919 he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book "The Magnificent Ambersons." In 1922 he...
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...
Carl G. Fisher
Business people; Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corp.; Eyeglasses; Bicycle shops; Bicycle racing
In 1891 Fisher and his brothers opened a bicycle shop in Indianapolis. He became known as a daredevil cyclist. In 1904 Fisher, in partnership with James A. Allison, formed the Prest-O-Lite Company which...
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...
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...
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Chief Menominee, d. 1838; Indians of North America; Potawatomi Indians--Middle West; Potawatomi Indians--Relocation; Indians of North America--Relocation; Trail of Death, 1838
Chief Menominee was a leader among the Potawatomi Indians. In 1838 some of the Indians in the state had agreed to leave their land by August, but white settlers began moving in early. Governor David Wallace...
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."
Dan Patch (Race horse); Horses; Horse racing; Racetracks (Horse racing)
From the time he started racing in 1900 until he retired from exhibitions in 1909, Dan Patch did not lose a race and finished second in only two heats. In 1905 Dan Patch set a world's record for the mile...
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...
David Curtis Stephenson
Stephenson, David Curtis, 1891-1966; Ku Klux Klan (1915- ); Racism; Politics
D.C. Stephenson came to Indiana in 1920. He joined the KKK and became Grand Dragon of the Indiana Realm in 1923. Stephenson was a powerful orator and had a charming personality. Unknown to his followers,...
Duke Hampton Family Orchestra
Jazz; Big bands; Jazz musicians; Families; Musicians; Wind instruments; Pianos; Drums; African Americans; Trombones; Trumpets; Saxophones; Brass instruments; Stringed instruments; Musical instruments; Music ensembles; Orchestras; Bands
Rickenbacker, Eddie, 1890-1973; Automobile racing drivers; Indianapolis Speedway Race; Cakes; Cooks; Aprons
Rickenbacker was a relief driver in the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He drove at the Speedway between 1911 and 1916, then later owned the racetrack from 1927-1945. He was also an air pilot in World...
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