Osgood in Ripley County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James Harrison Cravens
Born 1802 in Virginia; admitted to the bar 1823. Moved to Jefferson County, Indiana 1829. Established law office in Versailles, Ripley County 1833. Served four terms in Indiana General Assembly. Elected as Whig to U.S. Congress 1841. Lost as Free Soil party candidate for Indiana governor 1849 and as Republican candidate for attorney general 1856.
A well-known debater, he opposed extension of slavery, 1850 Fugitive Slave Act requiring citizens to return escaping slaves to their owners, and Article 13 of 1851 Constitution prohibiting blacks from moving into Indiana. Served briefly in Civil War. Moved to Osgood area before 1860; built home here circa 1865. Died at Osgood December 4, 1876.
Erected 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Ripley County Historical Society, and Rising Sun Regional Foundation. (Marker Number 69.2006.2.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 39° 7.948′ N, 85° 17.161′ W. Marker is in Osgood, Indiana, in Ripley County. Marker is on Harlan Street south of East Fairground Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Andrews, Master Craftsman (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Abolitionists (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Fugitive Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ohio and Mississippi Railroad (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hanging Tree (approx. 4.6 miles away); Johnson Watts (approx. 4.6 miles away); Site of Masonic Hall (approx. 4.6 miles away); General John Morgan (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Osgood.
Also see . . .
1. James Harrison Cravens - Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Submitted on August 10, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
2. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 8, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 8, 2011, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.