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September 16, 2013

 

aerial view of Vincennes University

The First University On The Western Front

By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.

July 25, 2011

 

Jonathan Jennings grave, edit

A Savvy Politician Guides Indiana Into Statehood

Voters opposed outright electioneering, so when Jennings dropped in at a militia muster or log rolling, he was always ‘on his way’ to some other place.

July 18, 2011

 

battle-of-tippecanoe, detail

The Battle of Tippecanoe: A Lieutenant’s-Eye View

“This expidition,” wrote Lieutenant Charles Larrabee, "is against the tribes of Indians who are under the prophet and tecumcy."

February 1, 2010

 

Slavery Before Statehood

A haven for free blacks and runaway slaves by the mid-nineteenth century, Indiana almost legalized slavery at an earlier moment in its history.

May 4, 2009

 

The Ten O’Clock Line Treaty

While the nation celebrates the Lincoln bicentennial, 2009 also represents the two century-mark of another important event in the state where the President spent his boyhood. In 1809, Governor William Henry Harrison struck a monumental land deal with a consortium of native peoples. The Treaty of Fort Wayne, also known as “The Ten O’clock Line Treaty,” conferred three million acres of land to the settlers.

January 6, 2009

 

Revolutionary Financier: Francis Vigo

A statue on Vincennes’ Wabash River front provides a clue about the source of a prominent place name in western Indiana. The figure represented, however, emerges riddled with contradictions.

November 24, 2008

 

Tecumseh’s Curse

A quick scan of US Presidential history reveals an eerie recurrence: from William Henry Harrison through John Kennedy, every President elected in a year ending in zero has died in office.

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