THIS WEEK

IN INDIANA HISTORY

JANUARY 16- JANUARY 23


1901     The body of former Governor James A. Mount lay in state in the rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse.  The 24th Indiana Governor, Mount had died only two days after leaving office. Thousands paid his tribute before he was taken to his hometown of Crawfordsville where he was buried at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

1920     Governor James P. Goodrich called a special session of the Indiana Legislature to ratify the Women’s Suffrage Amendment of the United States Constitution.  Indiana was the 26th state to approve the amendment, which became effect nationwide on August 18, 1920. In signing the legislation, Governor Goodrich called it “an act of tardy justice.”

1928     Marvin Wood was born in Morristown,  Indiana.  He coached the Milan High School basketball team to a state championship in 1954.  The victory was the inspiration for the popular movie "Hoosiers." 

 1949     The world premiere for Walt Disney's "So Dear to My Heart" was held at the Indiana Theater in Indianapolis.  The movie, with live action and animation, tells of a boy's life in Pike County, Indiana.

2000     A new display case for the Indiana Constitutions was dedicated at the Statehouse.  Among those at the ceremony were Governor Frank O’Bannon, Chief Justice Randall Shepard, State Senator James Merritt, and Jacqueline Graham Burton, great-great-granddaughter of Jonathan Jennings, the state’s first governor.   

2014     Two busts were unveiled at the Indiana State House.  The first honored James Hinton, the first African-American to serve in the Indiana Legislature.  The second was in tribute to Julia Carson, the first African-American to represent Indianapolis in Congress.