Hoosier History Highlights

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Hoosier History Highlights

June 7- June 13

The Week in Indiana History

paper and quill1816     The Indiana Constitutional Convention was held in the capital city of Corydon.   The 43-member assembly elected Jonathan Jennings as president and William Hendricks as secretary.  The document they produced, among other provisions, forbade slavery and made public education a state responsibility.  The committee finished its work by the end of June.  Copies of the Constitution were sent to President James Madison and Congressional leaders.



1820     Commissioners appointed by the Indiana Legislature traveled from Corydon into Central Indiana on a mission to find the site for a future capital city.  They selected a small village in dense woods by the east bank of the White River.  The city of Indianapolis was established and, in 1825, became the new center of government for Indiana.

Antoinette Leach1893     Antoinette Dakin Leach was granted the right to practice law by the Indiana Supreme Court.  Considered to be the state’s first female attorney, she was active in politics and women’s rights.  In 1910, she was the state organizer for the National Woman Suffrage Association.  She spent most of her life in Sullivan, Indiana.

In building

1904     Governor Winfield Durbin and his wife Bertha visited the Indiana Building at the St. Louis World’s Fair.  They were accompanied by a delegation led by J. W. Cockrum of Oakland City, the Secretary of the World’s Fair Commission.  The Hoosier State had a large presence at the fair, also called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition.  Pictured:  The Indiana Building at the St. Louis World’s Fair

John McCutcheon

1949     John T. McCutcheon died in Lake Forest, Illinois.  Born in South Raub, Indiana, in Tippecanoe County, he graduated from Purdue University and became a newspaper artist, writer, and war correspondent.  Known as the “Dean of American Cartoonists,” he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1931 for an editorial cartoon about the economy during the Great Depression.

Harold Macmillen1958     British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan delivered the commencement address at DePauw University in Greencastle.  He referred to the 410 graduates as “fellow Hoosiers,” noting that his mother, Helen Belles Macmillan, had grown up in Spencer, and that his grandfather,  Dr. Josuah Tarleton Belles, was a graduate of DePauw.  In his remarks, he said, “The people of the free world must see that their political thought and economic policies catch up with scientific and technical advances.”




Name the Indiana city which is home to each of the following schools.

1.  Wabash College

2.  Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

3.  Ball State University

4.  Earlham College

Answers Below

Hoosier Quote of the Week


“That right to women to earn an honest living, whether it be from necessity or ambition, is an inalienable right to her as an American citizen, as a human being, and as the rough justice of the world has discovered what her abilities are.”

– – – Antoinette Dakin Leach (1859 – 1922)

Did You Know?

     The members of the 1816 Constitutional Convention were paid for their work, which began on June 10 and ended by the end of the month.  Each delegate was paid $2.00 for each day in attendance.  There was also a stipend of $2.00 for each 25-miles traveled to and from Corydon.  The secretary and assistant secretaries earned $3.50 per day, and the doorkeeper and assistant doorkeeper received $2.00 per day.  The total cost of the convention was $3,076.21.

ANSWERS:   1. Crawfordsville        2.  Terre Haute   3.  Muncie            4.  Richmond