By legal charter, Indiana could boast of a university ten years before it achieved statehood: Vincennes University was chartered in 1806.
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.
“This expidition,” wrote Lieutenant Charles Larrabee, "is against the tribes of Indians who are under the prophet and tecumcy."
A haven for free blacks and runaway slaves by the mid-nineteenth century, Indiana almost legalized slavery at an earlier moment in its history.
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.
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.
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.