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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jefferson County, Indiana

Clickable Map of Jefferson County, Indiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jefferson County, IN (73) Clark County, IN (51) Jennings County, IN (12) Ripley County, IN (35) Scott County, IN (22) Switzerland County, IN (38) Carroll County, KY (16) Trimble County, KY (6)  JeffersonCounty(73) Jefferson County (73)  ClarkCounty(51) Clark County (51)  JenningsCounty(12) Jennings County (12)  RipleyCounty(35) Ripley County (35)  ScottCounty(22) Scott County (22)  SwitzerlandCounty(38) Switzerland County (38)  CarrollCountyKentucky(16) Carroll County (16)  TrimbleCounty(6) Trimble County (6)
Madison is the county seat for Jefferson County
Adjacent to Jefferson County, Indiana
      Clark County (51)  
      Jennings County (12)  
      Ripley County (35)  
      Scott County (22)  
      Switzerland County (38)  
      Carroll County, Kentucky (16)  
      Trimble County, Kentucky (6)  
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1 Indiana, Jefferson County, Dupont — 16 — Dupont: Fourth Night in Indiana
On July 11, 1863, General Morgan's main column arrived in Dupont, late in the evening. They traveled approximately 35 miles that day. Most of the Raiders camped at the bend of Camp Creek (#1), near the present day school. General Morgan spent the . . . Map (db m100023) HM
2 Indiana, Jefferson County, Dupont — Gen. John Morgan's Troops
Gen. John Morgan's troops going east ate breakfast here, Sunday, July 12, 1863.Map (db m100025) HM
3 Indiana, Jefferson County, Dupont — 39.1963.1 — Morgan's Raid — July 8-13, 1863 —
Confederate forces under Gen. John Hunt Morgan camped near Dupont the night of July 11. They destroyed railroad track, burned bridges, freight cars and a warehouse, and stole 2, 000 hams from Mayfield's pork house.Map (db m45875) HM
4 Indiana, Jefferson County, Dupont — Morgan's Troops Camped Here — Morgan's Raid —
Gen. John Morgan’s Troops going East camped here Saturday night, July 11, 1863Map (db m45978) HM
5 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Albert G. Parker, Jr.September 6, 1892 — March 22, 1958Twelfth President of Hanover College, 1929-1958
A Presbyterian minister, Parker served as President of the College from 1929 until his death. He oversaw the growth of the College after the Classic Hall fire, adding 22 major buildings to the campus. During his tenure the student body increased . . . Map (db m193804) HM
6 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Henry C. LongOctober 19, 1843 — January 19, 1901Advocate of Women's Education
Long, an Indianapolis lumber dealer, was interested in supporting the education of women in Indiana. His generosity provided for the founding of Long College for Women of Hanover College in 1947. The women’s gymnasium (1957-93) was named for him. In . . . Map (db m193803) HM
7 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Josephine OgleDecember 14, 1905 — November 23, 1983
A lifelong resident of Vevay, Indiana, and a member of the Vevay Presbyterian Church, Josephine Ogle was married to August Mead and was an employee of Silgas, Inc. Josephine was the sister of Paul Ogle, philanthropist and founder of the Paul W. . . . Map (db m193784) HM
8 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Katharine McAfee ParkerDecember 21, 1896 — October 4, 1980First Lady and Church Leader
The daughter, wife and mother of Presbyterian ministers, Mrs. Parker was one of the American church leaders who visited Europe in 1946 to see the effects of World War II on Protestantism. Among her writings were a biography of her father and the . . . Map (db m193801) HM
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9 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Luther D. WishardAn Indiana Boy
A student in Hanover 1872-75, a founder of world movements: Intercollegiate Young Men’s Christian Association Intercollegiate Young Women’s Christian Association Foreign Work Young Men’s Christian Association Here found his first vision of, and . . . Map (db m193802) HM
10 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Percy E. GoodrichOctober 7, 1861 — August 11, 1951Trustee and Benefactor
Goodrich, a hay and grain dealer from Randolph County, Indiana, was a member of the Hanover College Board of Trustees from 1921 to 1951, serving as the Board’s President from 1930 to 1948. His contributions to the College totaled almost $2,000,000 . . . Map (db m193805) HM
11 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Rev. Dr. William Martyn Baird / Rev. Dr. Samuel Austin Moffett
Rev. Dr. William Martyn Baird — born in 1862 — graduated from Hanover College in 1884. He joined his college friend, Moffett, as an early Presbyterian missionary to Korea, 1891-1931. He founded what has become Soongsil University in Pyengyang in . . . Map (db m193806) HM
12 Indiana, Jefferson County, Hanover — Thomas A. HendricksSeptember 7, 1819-November 25, 1885 — Vice-President of the United States —
A member of the Hanover class of 1841, Hendricks represented Indiana in the U.S. House of Representatives 1851-55, and in the U.S. Senate 1863-69. He was Governor of Indiana 1873-76, and at the time of his death was Vice-President of the United . . . Map (db m206808) HM
13 Indiana, Jefferson County, Kent — 39.1981.1 — Harvey Washington Wiley, M.D.1844-1930
Born near Kent, Jefferson County, Dr. Wiley graduated from Hanover College (1867), received his medical degree from Indiana Medical College (1871), and taught at Butler and Purdue universities. As Chief Chemist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture . . . Map (db m206812) HM
14 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.1999.1 — Alois O. Bachman
Born in Madison 1839. Family home on West Main Street. Attended Hanover College 1856-1858 to pursue practice of law. Attended Kentucky Military Institute in Frankfort. Organized Madison City Greys 1858, which became part of Sixth Regiment Indiana . . . Map (db m206804) HM
15 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Bill Cantrell Memorial Race CourseSite of the Madison Regatta Since 1911
Wild Bill “Pappy” Cantrell Boat and auto racer 1908-1996 Four time Madison Winner 1949 Gold Cup Winner Two time National Champion Inducted Unlimited Hall of Fame and Motorsport Hall of Fame Raced in Indianapolis 500 1948-49-50 Stunt . . . Map (db m180863) HM
16 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Broadway Colored School / Broadway FountainStreetside History
Broadway Colored School [south side]Built in 1880 as a grammar school for Madison's African American children, it was expanded in 1898 to include high school students. With integration, it closed in 1957 and became a community . . . Map (db m180997) HM
17 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2016.1 — Chapman Harris
Harris, a free African American, came to Madison, 1839, as the fight over slavery along the Ohio River became more violent. He worked as a teamster, farmer, and Baptist minister. His family owned land in Eagle Hollow and Madison. Harris's activities . . . Map (db m206771) HM
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18 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Col. John Paul, 1758-1830
A Pennsylvanian who came to Indiana and established himself on the river site where in 1810 he laid out a town for the county seat of Jefferson County and named it Madison in honor of the then president. He was the first territorial representative . . . Map (db m195500) HM
19 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Cravens SquareNamed In Honor of Drusilla Lanier Cravens — Granddaughter of James F.D. Lanier —
Miss Cravens was responsible for the presentation and restoration of the Lanier Home as a state memorial Her's was a labor of love. Land presented by J. Graham Brown and The City Of Madison, 1944 Development Completed by the State of . . . Map (db m200355)
20 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Crawford — Whitehead — Ross House
Rear wing built by Samuel Crawford in 1833. Banker Jesse Whitehead and wife Rebecca built the parlor addition in 1853. In 1871, Isom Ross, a tanner, and wife Eliza purchased the home and added the Italianate cornice. Druggist John Inglis and wife . . . Map (db m181497) HM
21 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Crystal Beach
Built by the Works Progress Administration in 1938Map (db m181498) HM
22 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2022.1 — Eagle Cotton Mill
The Eagle Cotton Mill began production here in 1885, shipping goods such as twine, candle wick, and fabric via the Ohio River to national and international markets. After an economic downturn in the mid-1800s, the mill helped rejuvenate . . . Map (db m206779) HM
23 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Eagle Cotton Mill / Gas, Coal & TobaccoStreetside History
Eagle Cotton Mill [west side]Built in 1884 for $100,000, this was the most modern mill of its time, complete with its own power plant. Electric lamps illuminated 300 workers at 240 looms spinning thread and weaving cotton . . . Map (db m181405) HM
24 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2004.3 — Eleutherian College
(Side One) College developed 1854 from Eleutherian Institute, founded 1848. Thomas Craven and anti-slavery advocates in the area created and supported the institution for education of students of all races and genders. This structure, . . . Map (db m74046) HM
25 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.1966.1 — First Chartered Bank in Indiana
On September 6, 1814, the Indiana Territorial Legislature authorized the organization of the Farmers' and Mechanics' Bank of Madison. The bank operated on this site for about ten years when its charter was revoked.Map (db m180788) HM
26 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Flood of 1937 / Crystal Beach PoolStreetside History
Flood of 1937 [west side]Although Madisonians are used to the ups and downs of the river, 1937 marked the year of the worst recorded flood in Ohio River history, enveloping the city below First Street. The high water mark is . . . Map (db m181338) HM
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27 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Frank J. KnoebelMadison Police Department — Honoring our Fallen —
Killed in the line of duty December 30, 1930 Forgotten valor Frank J. Knoebel gave his life for the City of Madison in 1930. Already mortally wounded from two bullets to the abdomen by a felon trying to escape custody, Frank’s actions in . . . Map (db m181495) HM
28 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — From Pork to Port
The completion of Madison's railroad connection to Indianapolis in 1847, the first in the state, heralded the peak of Madison's golden years as a manufacturing city, shipping port, and busy river town. Since the early 1800s, Madison had continued . . . Map (db m180813) HM
29 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2004.4 — Georgetown
Free blacks settled in Madison as early as 1820. The growing black community began businesses and organized churches and schools in this area, later called Georgetown. Risking their own freedom, some free black residents here actively aided slaves . . . Map (db m206726) HM
30 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Indiana's First Railroad / Madison's Boat BuildersStreetside History
Indiana's First Railroad [east side]Visible just downriver from here is an abandoned section of track from the first operating railroad in Indiana. The Madison and Indianapolis R.R. began service in 1838, and its famous . . . Map (db m181335) HM
31 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2006.1 — Irene Dunne
Born in Louisville, Kentucky 1898; after father's death, moved with family to Madison. Graduated from Madison High School 1916. After voice training in Indianapolis and Chicago, began singing professionally. Won lead in road show of Florenz . . . Map (db m22056) HM
32 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.1963.2 — James F. D. Lanier1800-1881
Rendered his most important public service during the Civil War when he loaned Governor Oliver P. Morton over $400,000 to equip Indiana's troops. He later arranged additional loans to save the credit of the state.Map (db m180779) HM
33 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Jefferson County ( Indiana ) Civil War Memorial
. . . Map (db m22060) HM
34 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Jefferson County Courthouse / Madison's Commercial DistrictStreetside History
Jefferson County Courthouse [west side]Completed in 1855, the Greek Revival style brick and stone courthouse replaced a smaller octagon shaped courthouse that burned in 1853. In 1869 the roof was rebuilt with the steeper pitch . . . Map (db m181158) HM
35 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Jefferson County War Memorial
(Middle Panel - Top) Dedicated To the memory of these Fallen Comrades who, in answering the call to arms, paid the Price of Freedom. (Left Panel) World War I Harrison B. Buckner • William Buckner • . . . Map (db m22318) WM
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36 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2006.2 — John H. and Sarah Tibbets
(Side One) The Tibbets provided assistance to fugitive slaves here in their home (now part of National Park Service, Network to Freedom); John piloted them to the next safe haven. Both were members of Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society . . . Map (db m74045) HM
37 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — John Paul / Early HistoryStreetside History
John Paul [east side]"Colonel" John Paul, founder of Madison, was an energetic, imposing figure. In 1808, with Lewis Davis and Jonathan Lyons, he purchased 691.54 acres for the new town. In 1809 Paul and his family settled in a . . . Map (db m181000) HM
38 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — John T. Windle Memorial Auditorium
• In 1835 the Trustees of the Second Presbyterian Church, which included J.F.D. Lanier and Jeremiah Sullivan, erected this building. The total cost was $8,000. • Edwin Peck is credited with designing and building this structure. In 1833 the . . . Map (db m181494) HM
39 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Lanier's Legacy
One of Madison’s most prominent citizens was James Franklin Doughty Lanier. He was a pioneer and respected banker/financier. Lanier hired the talented architect Francis Costigan to design his magnificent mansion on the Ohio River, where it shines . . . Map (db m180800) HM
40 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Little Jimmy
The original weather vane which is on display in the fire house was hand crafted in John Adams’ tin shop by Peter Hoffman. He was erected in 1889 and stood watch for us until 1996, when he was damaged in a storm and placed in retirement. Well . . . Map (db m181499) HM
41 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Lower Seminary School / Trolley BarnStreetside History
Lower Seminary School Lydia Middleton Elementary School [west side]The first school on this site was built in the early 1840s as a tuition academy. It became a city school and wings were added in the 1870s. In 1923 the building . . . Map (db m180999) HM
42 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Lt. Colonel John A. Hendricks
Born March 7, 1824, killed on his birthday March 7, 1862 during the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas Was the grandson of John Paul, credited with being one of the founders of Madison, Indiana Was the son of William Hendricks former Governor of the . . . Map (db m195501) HM
43 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Lt. General Walter Krueger
Walter Krueger, born in Prussia 1881, raised in Madison, In Attended Madison School System Rose from a Private during the Spanish-American War to Lt. General Commanding the 6th Corps. of the Army in WW II. Attended the Surrender . . . Map (db m22059) HM
44 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2004.2 — Lyman Hoyt
(Side One) Born in Vermont 1804. Moved to Jefferson County 1834, where he owned land and had several manufacturing businesses. Active in Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society and in forming Liberty Party for abolition of slavery. He and his . . . Map (db m74044) HM
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45 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison Fairmount Cemetery
Incorporated by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana January 19, 1846.Map (db m195494) HM
46 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison Farmer's MarketStreetside History
Madison Farmer's Market [north side]Madison Farmer's Market is the oldest farmer's market in Indiana. Tracing its roots to 1809, the first two market houses were west of the Courthouse near the corner of Jefferson and Main . . . Map (db m180996) HM
47 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.1996.1 — Madison Hill Incline and Cut
Built 1836-1841 as part of Indiana's 1836 Internal Improvement Act. Measures 7,012 feet long and elevates 413 feet to achieve a 5.89 percent grade; 500, 000 tons of rock and earth were moved in construction. Still considered to be the steepest . . . Map (db m206805) HM
48 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison Historic DistrictNational Historic Landmark
Madison Historic District has been designated a National Historic Landmark Madison’s Historic District is nationally significant for its extraordinary collection of nineteenth century residential and commercial architecture, for . . . Map (db m180845) HM
49 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.1992.1 — Madison Historic District
Madison Historic District, listed in National Register, 1973, in over 130 blocks contains hundreds of structures of every type, size, and period, 1812-1920, including many outstanding examples of major 19th century architectural styles. Madison is . . . Map (db m65654) HM
50 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison Regatta / SteamboatsStreetside History
Madison Regatta [east side]The 4th of July week is celebrated in Madison with fireworks and the firepower of unlimited hydroplane racing. Fast and furious racing marks the Indiana Governor's Cup, with boats reaching speeds of . . . Map (db m181379) HM
51 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison's Fire Companies / Government BuildingsStreetside History
Madison's Fire Companies [south side]Madison's fire protection is provided by six volunteer companies. The oldest company, Fair Play Fire Co. #1, was founded in 1841. Washington Fire Co. #2 was organized in 1846. Co. #2's . . . Map (db m181159) HM
52 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Madison's Riverfront / Underground Railroad
Side A Madison’s Riverfront Once a bustling commercial and industrial area, Madison’s riverfront has greatly changed since the City’s founding in 1809. On these banks stood factories, mills, hotels and taverns, typical of . . . Map (db m22775) HM
53 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 39.2004.1 — Michael C. Garber
Side one Born Staunton, Virginia 1813. Purchased Madison Courier 1849; transformed it from pro-Democratic to voice for newly forming Republican Party. Promoted the Union and objected to Fugitive Slave Law. Was active in Republican Party . . . Map (db m22055) HM
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54 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Milton-Madison Bridge / Madison BreweriesStreetside History
Milton-Madison Bridge [east side]The first bridge across the Ohio River here, a 20-foot wide metal truss, officially opened to traffic in 1929. Drivers paid 45 cents and walkers 5 cents. In 2012-2013 a new 40-foot wide bridge . . . Map (db m181406) HM
55 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — 17 — Morgan Targets VersaillesJohn Hunt Morgan Heritage Trail
Hurriedly vacating Dupont early Sunday morning, July 12, 1863, General Morgan's 2,000 cavalrymen headed east. A Dupont resident, Thomas Stout, was commandeered as a guide. The raiders passed numerous farms destroying crops and gathering fresh . . . Map (db m100026) HM
56 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Old Courthouse Treasure
This bell, which once hung in the Courthouse cupola, survived the Courthouse fire of May 20, 2009 thanks to the efforts of 18 area volunteer fire departments. According to the inscriptions of its exterior, the bell was cast by the G.W. Coffin & . . . Map (db m181496) HM
57 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Preservation is Primary
Madison and preservation are nearly synonymous. Beginning in the mid-twentieth century with the arrival of John T. Windle, who founded Historic Madison, Inc., the preservation effort has resulted in an almost undisturbed collection of buddings and . . . Map (db m206782) HM
58 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Public Library / ChautauquaStreetside History
Public Library [west side]In the early 19th century a small group of men met at a local tavern to form the Madison Library Society. The library opened April 18, 1818. It was located at several different sites before the former . . . Map (db m180998) HM
59 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Railroad on the Riverfront / Madison's Iron FoundriesStreetside History
Railroad on the Riverfront [east side]Factories and mills along Madison's riverfront shipped products by railroad. Tracks ran along the riverfront to the east end of town. A block-long freight station occupied the grassy field . . . Map (db m181336) HM
60 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Replica of The Statue of Liberty — Madison Indiana —
With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States The Boy Scouts of America Dedicate this copy of the Statue of Liberty as a Pledge of everlasting Fidelity and . . . Map (db m46219) HM
61 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Samuel WoodfillMost Decorated Soldier of W. W. I — Medal of Honor Recipient —
In Honor of A Native Son Samuel Woodfill Major, United States Army —————— Born near Bryantsburg, Indiana June 6, 1887 Died Vevay, Indiana August 10, 1951 Buried in Arlington . . . Map (db m22062) HM
62 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Schofield House
In a second floor room of this house fourteen Freemasons representing nine widely separated Lodges assembled on January 12, 1818 and organized the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of Indiana.Map (db m200352) HM
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63 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Servicing the Automobile / Building RoadsStreetside History
Servicing the Automobile [west side]Once the automobile came to Madison, changes came quickly. Livery stables were changed to garages and service stations appeared. In addition to pumping gasoline, attendants checked the oil . . . Map (db m181161) HM
64 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Shrewsbury-Windle House
built 1846-1849 Francis Costigan, architect has been designated a National Historic Landmark This building possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 1994 National Park Service . . . Map (db m187665) HM
65 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — St. Michael the ArchangelSt. Michael Catholic Church from 1839-1993
• St. Michael's is believed to be the oldest Gothic style building in Indiana. • It is the second oldest structure built as a Catholic church in the state. • Fr. Michael Shawe was sent to Madison to establish a Catholic parish. He raised the . . . Map (db m206733) HM
66 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Stacks of Power
In the early 1950s, fifteen investor-owned utility companies operating in the Ohio Valley joined to form the Ohio Valley Electric Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiary Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation (IKEC). Until 2005, the IKEC's Clifty . . . Map (db m206806) HM
67 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — The Beginning of the Michigan Road1832-1916
{Title is marker text}Map (db m180836) HM
68 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — The Freedom Path
The Underground Railroad was the path to freedom for slaves escaping bondage in the American South. Its conductors were men and women, both black and white, who aided freedom seekers on the road to liberty. For many freedom seekers, Madison was the . . . Map (db m206718) HM
69 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — The Settling of Madison
Madison's history is filled with a wide variety of ethnic pioneers and settlers, including Jewish, Irish, German, French and African Americans, qualifying it as a true American melting pot. The first census of America taken in 1790 revealed that 77% . . . Map (db m206728) HM
70 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — This Fountain
Was redesigned and cast in bronze by Eleftherios Karkadoulias, Cincinnati, Ohio with funds from the bicentennial citizens of historic Madison Indiana as a gift to the tricentennial citizens and for generations thereafter. Warren R. Rucker . . . Map (db m181160) HM
71 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — This Shell Fired into Vicksburg
This shell was fired into Vicksburg, Miss. by Union Troops in 1863. Presented to the City of Madison by the Widow of Dr. W. A. Collins, Assistant Surgeon of the Sixth Indiana.Map (db m22058) HM
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72 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — Washington Fire Co. #2
Volunteer Dep’t. Organized Jan. 22, 1846 Edifice built in 1848 by city of Madison — it is the oldest firehouse still in use in IndianaMap (db m181201) HM
73 Indiana, Jefferson County, Madison — William Hendricks of Madison1782-1850
Congressman from Indiana, 1816-1822 Governor of Indiana, 1822-1825 U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1825-1837Map (db m195493) HM
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