Deeply religious, Fletcher was a staunch opponent of slavery and led an unostentatious life despite being one of the state’s richest men.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis became one of the most famous men in America.
Difficulty finding publishers for her naturalist writings compelled Gene Stratton-Porter to write fiction. She embedded her love of nature in romance stories, what she called “nature studies sugar-coated with fiction.”
A man of deep faith, he celebrated his championships by going to church and taking his grandchildren out for ice cream.
After hearing one of his songs on the radio, Carmichael abandoned his legal career and devoted himself to music.
Otis Bowen, who became the first physician to lead the federal government’s largest department, Health and Human Services, lived a long and rich life that included service as the Speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives and two terms as one of the state’s most popular governors. Bowen was born in 1918 near Rochester, where […]
Though lacking any state funding, Lieber proposed that the state’s 1916 centennial should be celebrated through the creation of a state park system. The first two state parks, McCormick’s Creek and Turkey Run, both opened in December of that year.
Riley, for whom the city’s children’s hospital is named, was a best-selling author of the 1890s.
Tarkington, named America’s greatest living writer in 1922, won two Pulitzer Prizes.
Goodrich did not see liberty as an option, something people merely desire. He saw it as an absolute necessity, without which no one could develop fully and make important contributions to society.
Wells sought to internationalize IU, strongly supporting education in foreign languages and cultures. Yet he never forgot that IU is Indiana’s University.
As a man, Tecumseh believed in the power of words, and he was as ready to criticize fellow Indians for atrocities committed against white men as to criticize white settlers for the injustices they were perpetrating against indigenous peoples.
As a young man a century ago, Billy Sunday abandoned a lucrative career as a professional baseball player to become a preacher, a calling at which he became so effective that he eventually preached to 125 million people without the aid of broadcasting.
Skelton was a master of pantomime and physical comedy, and his many lovable characters included Clem Kadiddlehopper, a country bumpkin; Freddie the Freeloader, a hobo who struggled to avoid arrest for vagrancy; and Gertrude and Heathcliff, two cross-eyed seagulls.
Walker’s Indianapolis legacy remains strong. The Madam Walker Theatre Center in the 600 block of Indiana Avenue, once the headquarters of her business empire, is now a cultural center listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The son of a Hoosier governor, Wallace trained as a lawyer, rose to prominence as a general in the Union army during the Civil War, received an appointment as governor of the New Mexico Territory, and later served as U.S. minister to the Ottoman Empire. But he is best known as the author of “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.”