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Politician Writers in Indiana

  George Ade (1866-1944) — of Kentland, Newton County, Ind. Born in Kentland, Newton County, Ind., February 9, 1866. Republican. Author; humorist; newspaper columnist; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1908. Member, Sigma Chi. Suffered a heart attack, fell into a coma, and died, in Brook, Newton County, Ind., May 16, 1944 (age 78 years, 97 days). Interment at Fairlawn Cemetery, Kentland, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of John Ade and Adaline (Bush) Ade; brother-in-law of Warren Terry McCray (1865-1938).
  The Ross-Ade Stadium (built 1924), at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, is partly named for him.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS George Ade (built 1944 at Panama City, Florida; scrapped 1968) was named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  James Solomon Barcus (1863-1920) — also known as James S. Barcus — of Terre Haute, Vigo County, Ind. Born in Sullivan County, Ind., March 18, 1863. Publisher; author; lawyer; member of Indiana state senate, 1903-05. Member, Freemasons. Died in Newark, Essex County, N.J., May 3, 1920 (age 57 years, 46 days). Interment somewhere in Terre Haute, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Solomon Barcus and Martha Barcus; married 1884 to Bettie Belle Tichenor.
  See also Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
Albert J. Beveridge Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862-1927) — also known as Albert J. Beveridge — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Highland County, Ohio, October 6, 1862. Lawyer; historian; U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1899-1911; defeated, 1914 (Progressive), 1922 (Republican); delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1900, 1904 (member, Resolutions Committee), 1908, 1920, 1924 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business); Progressive candidate for Governor of Indiana, 1912; received the Pulitzer Prize in Biography, 1920. Member, American Historical Association. Died in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., April 27, 1927 (age 64 years, 203 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Henry Beveridge (1818-1895) and Frances Eleanor (Parkinson) Beveridge (1824-1918); married, November 24, 1887, to Katherine Maude Langsdale (1864-1900); married, August 7, 1907, to Catherine Spencer Eddy (1881-1970); father of Albert Jeremiah Beveridge Jr. (1908-1965).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Albert J. Beveridge: The Life of John Marshall: The Building of the Nation 1815-1835 (1916) — The Life of John Marshall: Conflict and Construction 1800-1815 (1916) — The Life of John Marshall: Politician, Diplomatist, Statesman 1789-1801 (1916) — The Life of John Marshall: Frontiersman, Soldier, Lawmaker (1916) — Abraham Lincoln 1809-1858 (1928) — The Art of Public Speaking (1924) — The Meaning of the Times, and Other Speeches (1908) — The Russian Advance (1904) — The State of the Nation (1924) — What Is Back of the War (1915)
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, December 1902
  Albert Jeremiah Beveridge Jr. (1908-1965) — also known as Albert J. Beveridge, Jr. — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Manchester, Essex County, Mass., August 21, 1908. Republican. Newspaper reporter and columnist; radio newscaster; alternate delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1936; member of Indiana state senate, 1941-45; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 11th District, 1946. Episcopalian. Died in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., January 15, 1965 (age 56 years, 147 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Albert Jeremiah Beveridge (1862-1927) and Catherine Spencer (Eddy) Beveridge (1881-1970); married, June 21, 1933, to Elizabeth L. Scaife.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Morris Birkbeck (1764-1825) — also known as Jonathan Freeman — of Edwards County, Ill. Born in Settle, Yorkshire, England, January 23, 1764. Secretary of state of Illinois, 1824-25. Anti-slavery writer under the pseudonym "Jonathan Freeman". While returning on horseback from a visit to Robert Owen, he drowned while fording the Fox River, Edwards County, Ill., June 4, 1825 (age 61 years, 132 days). Interment at New Harmony Cemetery, New Harmony, Ind.; memorial monument at Courthouse Grounds, Albion, Ill.
  Relatives: Son of Morris Birkbeck ; married, April 24, 1794, to Prudence Bush.
  See also Wikipedia article
Culver B. Chamberlain Culver Bryant Chamberlain (1900-1972) — also known as Culver B. Chamberlain — of Kansas City, Jackson County, Mo.; Washington, D.C. Born in Princeton, Gibson County, Ind., July 12, 1900. Interpreter; Foreign Service officer; U.S. Vice Consul in Canton, 1923-25; Tientsin, 1925; Swatow, 1925-27; Shanghai, 1927-28; Yunnanfu, 1928-29; U.S. Consul in Yunnanfu, 1929-30; Harbin, 1931-32. Assaulted and beaten by Japanese soldiers in Mukden, China, January 1932. Died April 12, 1972 (age 71 years, 275 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Norman H. Chamberlain (1867-1935) and Ida (Ensminger) Chamberlain (1874-1944).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: U.S. passport application
Maurice F. Egan Maurice Francis Egan (1852-1924) — also known as Maurice F. Egan — of South Bend, St. Joseph County, Ind.; Washington, D.C. Born in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pa., May 24, 1852. University professor; author; U.S. Minister to Denmark, 1907-17. Catholic. Irish ancestry. Died in Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y., January 15, 1924 (age 71 years, 236 days). Interment at Old Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pa.
  Relatives: Son of Maurice Egan (1816-1891) and Margaret (MacMullen) Egan; married 1880 to Katharine Mullin (died 1912).
  See also Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Library of Congress
William Dudley Foulke William Dudley Foulke (1848-1935) — of Bloomfield, Essex County, N.J.; Richmond, Wayne County, Ind. Born in New York, New York County, N.Y., November 20, 1848. Lawyer; writer; poet; reformer and woman suffrage advocate; member of Indiana state senate, 1883-86; member, U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1901-03; newspaper editor. Died in Richmond, Wayne County, Ind., May 30, 1935 (age 86 years, 191 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Thomas Foulke and Hannah (Shoemaker) Foulke; married to Mary Taylor Reeves.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, May 1902
  Jonathan W. Gordon (1820-1887) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Pennsylvania, August 13, 1820. Republican. Lawyer; physician; poet; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1856; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1857-60. Died in 1887 (age about 66 years). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of William Gordon and Sarah (Walton) Gordon; married 1843 to Catherine J. Overturf.
  Ralph Waldo Gwinn (1884-1962) — also known as Ralph W. Gwinn — of Bronxville, Westchester County, N.Y. Born in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind., March 29, 1884. Republican. Lawyer; writer; U.S. Representative from New York 27th District, 1945-59; defeated, 1940, 1942. Methodist or Christian Reformed. Member, Phi Kappa Psi; Freemasons. Died of a heart attack, in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Fla., February 27, 1962 (age 77 years, 335 days). Interment at Pawling Cemetery, Pawling, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of John Harvey Gwinn and Edith (Harvey) Gwinn; married, June 30, 1908, to Essie O'Daniel.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
  Jerrold Eldon Hinshaw (1917-2003) — also known as Jerry Eldon Hinshaw — of Tontitown, Washington County, Ark. Born near Sheridan, Hamilton County, Ind., January 15, 1917. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; poultry farmer; cattle raiser; real estate business; candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 3rd District, 1964; member of Arkansas state house of representatives, 1981-96; historian; director, First State Bank, Springdale, Ark. Methodist. Died in Tontitown, Washington County, Ark., December 31, 2003 (age 86 years, 350 days). Interment at Cave Cemetery, Washington County, Ark.
  Relatives: Married 1949 to Betty Hinshaw.
  Books by Jerry Eldon Hinshaw: Call the Roll : The First One Hundred Fifty Years of the Arkansas Legislature (1986)
  Jay C. Huston — of Oakland, Alameda County, Calif. Born in Indiana. Interpreter; U.S. Vice Consul in Hankow, 1917-18, 1920-21; Nanking, as of 1919; U.S. Consul in Tientsin, as of 1924; Hankow, as of 1926; Canton, as of 1927; Shanghai, as of 1929-32. Burial location unknown.
  Meredith Nicholson (1866-1947) — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., December 9, 1866. Democrat. Member of Indiana Democratic State Committee, 1930-32; U.S. Minister to Paraguay, 1933-35; Venezuela, 1935; Nicaragua, 1938-41; novelist; poet. Episcopalian. Member, Phi Beta Kappa; Phi Gamma Delta. Died in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., December 21, 1947 (age 81 years, 12 days). Interment at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Edward Willis Nicholson (1826-1894) and Emily Ellen (Meredith) Nicholson (1842-1914); married, June 16, 1896, to Eugenie Kountze (1867-1931); married, September 20, 1933, to Dorothy (Wolfe) Lannon; third cousin thrice removed of St. Clair Ballard and Lewis Ballard (1826-1906).
  Political families: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia; Ballard-Gadsden-Randolph family of West Virginia; Pendleton-Lee family of Maryland (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary
  James Oneal (1875-1962) — also known as Jim Oneal — of Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.; Indiana; Massachusetts; Brooklyn, Kings County, N.Y.; Richmond Hill, Queens, Queens County, N.Y. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., March 13, 1875. Socialist. Editor; candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1918 (7th District), 1920 (10th District), 1920 (10th District), 1922 (7th District), 1926 (2nd District), 1928 (7th District), 1931 (9th District), 1932 (2nd District); delegate to Socialist National Convention from New York, 1920; candidate for New York state assembly from Kings County 14th District, 1922, 1923; candidate for New York state senate 7th District, 1924; candidate for borough president of Queens, New York, 1925, 1933. Died in Seattle, King County, Wash., December 12, 1962 (age 87 years, 274 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Married to Ella Ouiald.
  See also Wikipedia article
  Robert Dale Owen (1801-1877) — also known as Robert D. Owen — of New Harmony, Posey County, Ind. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, November 9, 1801. Democrat. Farmer; author; newspaper editor; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1836-39, 1851-52; candidate for Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1840; U.S. Representative from Indiana 1st District, 1843-47; defeated, 1839, 1847; Presidential Elector for Indiana, 1848; delegate to Indiana state constitutional convention, 1850-51; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Two Sicilies, 1853-54; U.S. Minister to Two Sicilies, 1854-58. Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Aided his father in the establishment of the New Harmony social experiment. Died in Lake George, Warren County, N.Y., June 24, 1877 (age 75 years, 227 days). Original interment at Village Cemetery, Lake George, N.Y.; reinterment at Maple Hill Cemetery, New Harmony, Ind.
  Cross-reference: Morris Birkbeck
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  William Dudley Pelley (1890-1965) — of Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C.; Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind. Born in Lynn, Essex County, Mass., March 12, 1890. Hollywood screenwriter in 1917-29 for about 12 films, including The Light in the Dark and The Shock, both starring Lon Chaney; founder (1933) and leader of the anti-Semitic Silver Legion of America organization (the "Silver Shirts", explicitly modeled after Adolf Hitler's Brownshirts); Christian candidate for President of the United States, 1936; arrested in April 1942 and charged with criminal sedition; convicted and sentenced to fifteen years in prison; released in 1950. Died in Noblesville, Hamilton County, Ind., July 1, 1965 (age 75 years, 111 days). Interment at Crownland Cemetery, Noblesville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of Grace (Goodale) Pelley (born 1861) and William George Apsey Pelley (1867-1920); married, December 16, 1911, to Marion Harriet Stone (divorced); married, July 24, 1934, to Minna Helen Hansmann; married to Agnes Marion Henderson (1898-1970).
  Cross-reference: Gerald L. K. Smith
  See also Wikipedia article — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by William Dudley Pelley: Know your karma; design for destiny
  Gilbert Ashville Pierce (1839-1901) — also known as Gilbert A. Pierce — of Porter County, Ind.; Illinois; North Dakota; Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in East Otto, Cattaraugus County, N.Y., January 11, 1839. Republican. Lawyer; journalist; newspaper editor; author; colonel in the Union Army during the Civil War; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1869; Governor of Dakota Territory, 1884-86; U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1889-91; U.S. Minister to Portugal, 1893. Died at the Lexington Hotel, Chicago, Cook County, Ill., February 15, 1901 (age 62 years, 35 days). Interment at Adams Cemetery, Valparaiso, Ind.
  Pierce County, N.Dak. is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
Booth Tarkington Newton Booth Tarkington (1869-1946) — also known as Booth Tarkington — of Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind. Born in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., July 29, 1869. Republican. Novelist; member of Indiana state house of representatives, 1903-04. Member, Sigma Chi. Won the Pulitzer Prize in fiction, 1919, for The Magnificent Ambersons and in 1922 for Alice Adams. Died in Indianapolis, Marion County, Ind., May 19, 1946 (age 76 years, 294 days). Entombed at Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of John Stevenson Tarkington and Elizabeth (Booth) Tarkington; brother-in-law of Ovid Butler Jameson; married, June 18, 1902, to Laura Louisa Fletcher (divorced 1911); married 1912 to Susannah Kiefer Robinson; nephew of Newton Booth; uncle of John Tarkington Jameson and Donald Ovid Butler Jameson; grandnephew of William Clayborne Tarkington; first cousin of Fenton Whitlock Booth (1869-1947).
  Political family: Booth-Tarkington-Jameson family of Indianapolis, Indiana.
  Tarkington Hall, at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, is named for him.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Books by Booth Tarkington: The Gentleman from Indiana (1899) — In The Arena : Stories of Political Life (1905)
  Fiction by Booth Tarkington: The Turmoil — Alice Adams — Penrod and Sam — The Magnificent Ambersons — Penrod — Seventeen — Gentle Julia — Ramsey Milholland — The Conquest of Canaan — The Two Vanrevels — Harlequin and Columbine — The Beautiful Lady — Monsieur Beaucaire — The Gibson Upright — The Guest of Quesnay — His Own People — Women — Beasley's Christmas Party
  Books about Booth Tarkington: James L. Woodress, Booth Tarkington : Gentleman from Indiana — Keith J. Fennimore, Booth Tarkington
  Image source: Time Magazine, December 21, 1925
Lew Wallace Lewis Wallace (1827-1905) — also known as Lew Wallace — of Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind. Born in Brookville, Franklin County, Ind., April 10, 1827. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Indiana state senate, 1857-59; general in the Union Army during the Civil War; candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana, 1870; Governor of New Mexico Territory, 1878-81; U.S. Minister to Turkey, 1881-85; delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1896. Disciples of Christ. Member, Grand Army of the Republic; Freemasons. Author of Ben-Hur. Died of stomach cancer at Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Ind., February 15, 1905 (age 77 years, 311 days). Interment at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Ind.
  Relatives: Son of David Wallace; nephew of Charles H. Test (c.1802-1884), Benjamin Franklin Wallace and William Henson Wallace.
  Political family: Wallace family of Indiana.
  See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
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