HOOSIER HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: The General Assembly Meets in the New Capital

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Hoosier History Highlights

January 9 - January 15

The Week in Indiana History


1825     The first session of the Indiana General Assembly convened in the new state capital of Indianapolis.  The seat of government had moved from the original capital of Corydon. The Marion County Courthouse served as the home for the state legislature until the new Statehouse opened in 1834.


1864     Alvah C. Roebuck was born in Lafayette.  He became a watchmaker who lived in Hammond.  He joined Richard Warren Sears to open the Sears and Roebuck Department Stores across the country. 


1874     Carl Fisher was born in Greensburg.  He became an entrepreneur who built the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, inspired the Lincoln National Highway, and pioneered the development of Florida.


1910     A statue of Lew Wallace was unveiled in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.  Indiana Governor Thomas Marshall, Poet James Whitcomb Riley, and Lew Wallace, Jr., were among those who attended the ceremony.


1951     Brenda Gail Webb was born in Kentucky.  At the age of four, her family moved to Wabash, Indiana.  The younger sister of singing star Loretta Lynn, she began a career of her own and, as Crystal Gayle, has had at least 20 number-one records.


2017     The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on the Circle in Indianapolis was designated a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of Interior.  Dedicated in 1902, it is the largest of the more than 200 Civil War Memorials in the nation.

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Indiana Quick Quiz


1.     1846     _______University was founded in Upland, Indiana

2.     1989     D____ Q____took the oath of office as Vice President of the United States

3.     2009      Katie Stam from Seymour was crowned M_____ A_______

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"Music is universal;  it's a healing."

- - -  Crystal Gayle

Did You Know?

     Each state is permitted to place two statues in Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.  The two figures representing Indiana are Civil War General and author Lew Wallace and Civil War Governor Oliver P. Morton.

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