IN INDIANA HISTORY
JULY 23 – JULY 29
1834 Jonathan Jennings died in Charlestown, Indiana. The state’s first governor, he had served many years in the United States Congress as a representative of the state and territory. Historian William Wesley Woollen described Jennings as “a man of polished manners, always kind and gentle.”
1856 Charles Major was born in Indianapolis. His family moved to Shelbyville where he spent the rest of his life as an attorney and novelist. Several of his books became best sellers, including When Knighthood was in Flower and The Bears of Blue River.
1913 Robert Emhardt was born in Indianapolis. His father, C. J. Emhardt, was an attorney and judge who served briefly as mayor of Indianapolis. Robert enrolled in theater at Butler University and began a dramatic career that spanned over 50 years. A familiar character actor, he appeared in hundreds of shows.
1917 Anna Marie Ridge of Irvington established the first local troop of girl scouts after corresponding with national founder Juliette Low. Within two years there were nine girl scout troops in Indianapolis.
1926 Artist Theodore Clement Steele died at his home in Brown County, Indiana. A member of the “Hoosier Group” of painters, he is famous for his Indiana landscapes and portraits of prominent citizens.
1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson was in Indianapolis to make a speech at the Athletic Club, noting Indiana’s Sesquicentennial. Later the same day he was in Vincennes to dedicate the George Rogers Clark Memorial as part of the National Park Service. He was joined by Governor Roger Branigin and Senator
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