Hoosier History Highlights


    April 28 – May 4

    This Week in Indiana History

    McCray April 30, 1924  Indiana Governor Warren McCray resigned from office after being convicted of mail fraud.  He was replaced by Lieutenant Governor Forrest Branch. McCray spent three years at the federal prison in Atlanta. President Herbert Hoover granted him a full pardon in 1930.

    Lincoln April 30, 1865   The funeral train carrying the body of President Abraham Lincoln arrived in Indianapolis. The fallen President lay in state in the rotunda of the old Capitol.  Although there was a steady rain all day, over 50,000 people passed by the casket. The train departed at midnight to go to Michigan City, its last stop in Indiana before traveling to Chicago and on to Springfield, Illinois, where burial would take place.

    IHSAA April 30, 1996   The Indiana High School Athletic Association voted to move to multi-class sports. The decision disappointed coaches, players, and fans who had formed a group called “Friends of Hoosier Hysteria” in an effort to save the traditional single-class basketball tourney.

    May 1, 1813  Corydon became the second capital of the Indiana Territory. The seat of territorial government was moved from Vincennes. In 1816, Corydon was named the state capital when Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union.

    The old state capitol (pictured) is now a museum open for public tours.


    May 2, 1968 Happy Birthday Governor Holcomb!

    Governor Holcomb

    Our Where in Indiana? from last week was the Ripley County courthouse, taken in Versailles, IN.

    Ripley County

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    Indiana Quick Quiz

    1. When was the first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race?

    2. Name the Hoosier who ran for President in 1940.

    3. In what year did Indiana celebrate its centennial?

    4. How did Amo, Indiana get its name?

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    1. May 30, 1911

    2. Wendell Willkie

    3. 1916

    4. It is often thought it was named for the Potawatomi word a-mo, “honeybee,” but it is actually the Latin for amo, “I love.”