I like to refer to Lew Wallace as the quintessential 19-century man. He's Indiana's Renaissance man as well.
Ray Boomhower is senior editor of the Indiana Historical Society’s quarterly history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History.
Before joining the Society staff, he worked in public relations for the Indiana State Museum and as a reporter for two Indiana daily newspapers: the Rensselaer Republican and the Anderson Herald.
As author, his books include Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut, The Soldier’s Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle, Fighting for Equality: A Life of May Wright Sewall, and The Sword & the Pen: A Life of Lew Wallace.
A native of Mishawaka, Indiana, Boomhower graduated from Indiana University in 1982 with degrees in journalism and political science. He received his master's degree in U.S. history from Indiana University, Indianapolis.
He appears in the new WTIU documentary Lew Wallace: Shiloh Soldier | Ben-Hur Bard, which premieres Monday, November 30 at 8 p.m.