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On Governor David Wallace's watch, the internal improvements program bankrupted the state and the Potowatomi Indians were exiled to Kansas by armed militia.
In 1812, Pennsylvania lawyer John Test and his family moved west, reluctantly settling in the Whitewater River town of Brookville, Indiana.
Lewis “Lew” Wallace led troops in the battle of Shiloh, and later in defense of Cincinnati and Washington. Wallace is little remembered today for his his literary masterwork, Ben-Hur.