Lebanon in Boone County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Samuel M. Ralston
A progressive politician and lifelong Democrat, Ralston met the challenges posed by Indiana’s transition to a more urban and industrial state. Born 1857 in Ohio, he opened a law office in 1886 in Lebanon, where he lived until elected governor in 1912. As governor, he advanced reforms such as the establishment of a Public Service Commission to regulate utilities.
Governor Ralston organized emergency relief during the Great Flood of 1913. Later that year, he helped resolve the Indianapolis streetcar strike. As part of the state’s centennial, he urged creation of Indiana Historical Commission and first Indiana state parks. He was elected to U.S. Senate in 1922 and considered for presidential candidate in 1924. He died in 1925.
Erected 2018 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Boone County Bar Association, and Boone County Commissioners. (Marker Number 06.2018.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1857.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Revolutionary War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Boone County (Indiana) Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); Boone County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Big Four Trail (approx. 7.4 miles away); Albert Smith White (approx. 7.4 miles away); Boone County REMC (approx. 8½ miles away); Indian Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lebanon.
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