Greencastle, Indiana

Greencastle is a city in Greencastle Township, Putnam County, Indiana, United States, and the county seat of Putnam County.[5] It was founded in 1821 by Ephraim Dukes on a land grant. He named the settlement for his hometown of Greencastle, Pennsylvania.[6] Greencastle was a village or town operating under authority of the Putnam County commissioners until March 9, 1849, when it became a town by special act of the local legislature. Greencastle, Indiana, officially became a city after an election held on July 8, 1861.[7] The first mayor of Greencastle was E. R. Kercheval, a member (during his lifetime) of the Freemason Temple Lodge #47. The city became the county seat of Putnam County.[5] The population was 10,326 at the 2010 census.[8] It is located near Interstate 70 approximately halfway between Terre Haute and Indianapolis in the west-central portion of the state. Greencastle is well known as being the location of DePauw University.

Greencastle, Indiana
City of Greencastle
City hall
City hall
Location of Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana.
Location of Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana.
Coordinates: 39°38′32″N 86°51′22″W / 39.64222°N 86.85611°WCoordinates: 39°38′32″N 86°51′22″W / 39.64222°N 86.85611°W
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor–council
 • MayorBill Dory
 • Clerk-treasurerLynda Dunbar
 • City councilGreencastle Common Council
 • Total5.29 sq mi (13.71 km2)
 • Land5.24 sq mi (13.58 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation843 ft (257 m)
 • Total10,326
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,004.58/sq mi (773.97/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)765
FIPS code18-29358
GNIS feature ID435428


Public schools

Greencastle's public schools are operated by the Greencastle Community School Corporation.[9] The Greencastle School Corporation consists of one Central Office; one High School, Greencastle High School,[10] which hosts grades 9th through 12th; one Middle School, Greencastle Middle School,[11] which hosts grades 6th through 8th; one Intermediate School, Tzouanakis Intermediate School,[12] which hosts grades 3rd through 5th and two Primary Schools, Martha J. Ridpath Primary School (also known as Ridpath Primary) and Deer Meadow Primary School[13] which each host kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Private schools

Peace Lutheran School[14] is a private school in Greencastle, Indiana, which according to their website is "an outreach of Peace Lutheran Church." It was founded in 1984 as a preschool. In 1995, kindergarten was added as a half-day program. The year 2002 marked the beginning of the Primary School with the addition of 5th grade. (In Indiana, Primary Schools are typically interpreted as 1st through 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grades.) As of 2011, the school hosts grades kindergarten through 6th grade.

Colleges and universities

DePauw University is a private national liberal arts college.[15] It was founded as Indiana Asbury University in 1837 as an all men's school. In 1867, Laura Beswick, Mary Simmons, Alice Allen, and Bettie Locke Hamilton (then Bettie Locke), the chief founder of Kappa Alpha Theta, America's first college women's fraternity, became the University's first four female co-eds.[16]

DePauw today has an enrollment of about 2400 students. Students hail from 42 states and 32 countries with a 20.4% multicultural enrollment. DePauw's liberal arts education gives students a chance to gain general knowledge outside of their direct area of study. DePauw consistently ranks among the top 50 liberal arts colleges in America in both U.S. News & World Report rankings and Kiplinger's “best value” list. In a 2009 Center for College Affordability & Productivity ranking published in Forbes magazine, DePauw was ranked No. 42 under “America’s Best Colleges.”[17]

Ivy Tech Community College (also Ivy Tech) is the nation's largest statewide community college with single accreditation. A 33,300 square foot, $8.6 million Ivy Tech campus was completed in 2009 in Greencastle. The Ivy Tech branch in Greencastle is also assisted financially by The Putnam County Community Foundation.[18]

Other educational facilities

Putnam County Public Library in Greencastle; Formerly Carnegie Public Library

Greencastle is the home of the Putnam County Public Library, a public library which serves patrons from Putnam County and surrounding counties.[19] Services include books, books on CD, ebooks, movies, music, newspapers, magazines, computer and Internet access, Wi-fi, inter-library loan, programming for all ages, author series, book discussion groups and multiple public meeting rooms. The PCPL Local History and Genealogy Department is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing public access to Putnam County's historical records.[20] As of 2017 the library began an adult literacy program, the Putnam Adult Literacy Services (PALS). In conjunction with the PALS program, the PALS Pups program allows children to read to the certified "good citizen" dogs. The Putnam County Public Library is a Carnegie Library and was built in 1903. In 1996, a large addition made the library what it is today.

Greencastle also once had a municipal Carnegie library, which is now known as The William Weston Clarke Emison Museum of Art (otherwise known as The Emison Museum of Art or The Emison Art Center). The library became a museum in 1986, and was renamed to honor the financial contributions of James W. Emison, a longtime member of DePauw University's Board of Trustees and benefactor of the University, and other Emison family members.[21] The building was constructed in 1908. The Emison Art Center was originally the Depauw University (then, Indiana Asbury University)campus library.

The Putnam County Museum houses a "permanent collection of nearly 2,000 Putnam County related artifacts offers the county residents and visitors a historical overview of the county, including its significance during the Civil War and a glimpse into everyday life of Putnam residents in the past. The Museum also showcases the Putnam County contemporary artists in revolving exhibits, featuring at least one new artist every month."[22]


Annual Greencastle Music Fest

The Greencastle Music Fest was originally created in 2010 by restaurateur Gail Smith to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Almost Home Restaurant on the square in Greencastle, IN. The event was an instant success and has grown in size every year.[2]

Downtown Greencastle Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market in Greencastle is a weekly celebration of quality local food and community of the square. The market is open from 8:00 AM until noon on Staturday's from May through October. [3]

First Friday Greencastle

On the first Friday of every month downtown Greencastle blocks off part of the courthouse square with an evening of music, arts, shopping, and food. First Friday's start in April and end in October.[4]

Monon Bell Game

The Monon Bell football game is the annual contest between the DePauw University Tigers and the Wabash College Little Giants. The rivalry between DePauw and Wabash began in 1890 and more than 100 games have been played. The Monon Bell game was voted Indiana's best football rivalry by ESPN fans. During the week of the game, both schools have numerous events and shared functions including concerts, debates, and a blood drive.[5]

Music on the Square

Music on the Square, a community music space hosted by the DePauw School of Music, fosters courageous music making. Gathering as a community of music lovers, M2 programming sparks curiosity, expands creativity, and cultivates collaboration through one-on-one lessons, adult-learner classes, and radical, breathtaking performances.[6]

Putnam County 4-H Fair

The Putnam County 4-H Fair takes place in Greencastle, IN during the last full week of July. The Friday before the start of the Fair the Putnam County 4-H Fair Parade takes place in downtown Greencastle.[7]

The Richard E. Peeler Art Center

Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect, Carlos Jimenez, professor at Rice University's School of Architecture, the Richard E. Peeler Art Center opened its doors in August 2002 and was later dedicated during a ceremony October 11, 2002. The Peeler Art Center features three spacious, state-of-the-art galleries.

The galleries host approximately twelve exhibitions annually featuring the work of students and faculty as well as regionally and internationally acclaimed artists. Included among the Peeler Art Center's 80,000 square feet are a large exhibition space; a 90-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art acoustics, designed for public events, films, and recitals; classroom and studio space for pottery, sculpture, painting, and photography; and offices for the art department faculty. The building is the first in DePauw's 165-year history to be dedicated to the teaching, creation, and display of art.

The Building is named for Richard E. Peeler, a 1949 graduate of DePauw. Peeler returned to his alma mater in 1958 to teach ceramics, sculpture, and photography. He retired in 1972, and with his wife and partner, Marj, worked as a full-time potter in Putnam County until his death in 1998.[8]

Points of interest

Big Walnut Sports Park

This 80 acre park is owned and operated jointly by the City of Greencastle and by a not-for-profit corporation. The park features ball diamonds, soccer fields, a loop trail, disc golf, and picnic areas.[9]

Completely Nuts & Candy Company

Completely Nuts and Candy Company opened its doors in Greencastle on November 4, 2014. They sell fresh homemade creams, truffles, and caramels. [10]

Conspire: Contemporary Craft

Conspire: Contemporary Craft is a retail boutique on square in downtown Greencastle specializing in high quality modern handmade products.[11]

DePauw University Nature Park

In September 2003, DePauw University announced the acquisition of over 520 acres west of campus to develop a nature park. The property lies along Big Walnut Creek providing the opportunity for hiking, rock climbing, canoeing, and a host of outdoor educational activities.

The park features 8.7 miles of trails, a welcome center, a field station, an amphitheater, and the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics.[12]

Eitel's and Co. Florist

Eitel's and Co. Florist is an established, full-service florist, and has been successfully serving Greencastle and surrounding Putnam County since 1908.[13]

The Game Warehouse

The Game Warehouse, in Greencastle, IN, is the area's leading game store serving Putnam, Vigo, and Hendricks Counties since 2014.[14]

Jaycee Park

Jaycee Park is a 22-acre City of Greencastle park that features a fishing pond, picnic areas, and a shelter house.[15]

Myers' Market, Deli & Butcher

Located in the former Pure Oil Station in Greencastle, IN, Myers' Market sells locally sourced and homemade products. Locally owned and locally produced, Myers' Market opened its doors in 2013.[16]

People Pathways

People Pathways is a network of trails and signed routes around Greencastle that also links to neighboring communities. [17]

Putnam County Playhouse

Started in 1962, this summer stock, all volunteer organization, produces four plays each summer. Productions range from drama to comedy to musicals. Special programs are offered each summer for children and teens.[18]

Robe Ann Park

A twenty-five acre City of Greencastle park featuring an Olympic size swimming pool with water slide and diving board, the Emerald Palace playground, picnic areas, lighted ball diamond, and lighted tennis courts.[19]

Wasser Brewing Company

Wasser Brewing Company is a craft brewery and brewpub in Greencastle, IN. Wasser has a comfortable dining room and bar with over 100 seats as well as outdoor seating. They focus on beer that abides by traditional styles and free style beers that are artistic innovations.[20]

Windy Hill Country Club

Nine hole, private, country club with clubhouse, pro shop, banquet facilities, and swimming pool. Open to the public on a limited schedule.[21]


Greencastle is located at 39°38′32″N 86°51′22″W / 39.64222°N 86.85611°W (39.642297, −86.855988).[23]

According to the 2010 census, Greencastle has a total area of 5.291 square miles (13.70 km2), of which 5.24 square miles (13.57 km2) (or 99.04%) is land and 0.051 square miles (0.13 km2) (or 0.96%) is water.[24]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201610,508[4]1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[25]
13 Greencastle V-1
German V-1 mounted atop a limestone Victory Vee, located on the Putnam County Courthouse Square. The V-1, commonly known as a “buzz bomb,” was a flying bomb and precursor to the modern cruise missile.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 10,326 people, 3,368 households, and 1,989 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,970.6 inhabitants per square mile (760.9/km2). There were 3,742 housing units at an average density of 714.1 per square mile (275.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.4% White, 2.7% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.9% Asian, 0.9% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.5% of the population.

There were 3,368 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 40.9% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 27.4 years. 19% of residents were under the age of 18; 28.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.7% were from 25 to 44; 18.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census[26] of 2000, there were 9,880 people, 3,353 households, and 2,038 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,864.6 people per square mile (719.8/km²). There were 3,532 housing units at an average density of 666.6/sq mi (257.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.91% White, 2.67% African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.36% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 3,353 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.1% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out with 20.2% under the age of 18, 27.3% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,798, and the median income for a family was $41,250. Males had a median income of $30,940 versus $20,889 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,351. About 7.6% of families and 9.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.8% of those under age 18 and 11.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

Historical Events and Places In Greencastle


  • John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank-robber in the Depression-era United States. He was charged, but never convicted, with the murder of an East Chicago police officer whom he shot in the knee while fleeing the scene of his heist. John Dillinger's largest haul (i.e. bank robbery) was at the Central National Bank in Greencastle, Indiana, one of two banks he robbed in Indiana.[29] In Our Past, Their Present: Historical Essays on Putnam County Indiana, John J. Baughman writes, "On Monday, October 23, 1933, four armed men entered the Central National Bank of Greencastle and escaped with $74,782.09. The Dillinger robbery became one of the major events of Greencastle history."[30]
  • Since the Indiana Association of Communities and Towns (IACT) began awarding the "Green Communities of the Year" in 2008, only Greencastle has garnered the honor in back-to-back-to-back years.
  • In March 2011, Greencastle was one of two Indiana cities selected as a “Stellar Community” by the state of Indiana.[31]


Greencastle and the surrounding Putnam County communities are home to 20[32] historical sites according to the National Register of Historical Places.

In Greencastle:

Surrounding communities:

Greencastle also has three historic neighborhoods – Old Greencastle, the Eastern Enlargement and the Northwood Neighborhood that were added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2011.[33][34][35]


Humid continental climate is a climatic region typified by large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfa"(Hot Summer Continental Climate).[36]

Climate data for Greencastle, Indiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2
Average low °C (°F) −7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 69
Source: Weatherbase [37]


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  18. ^ Ivy Tech Community College – Greencastle Indiana Endowment:: Putnam County Community Foundation
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  27. ^ "Pearl Bryan: A Murder Story". Putnam County Public Library. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  28. ^ "Colonel Lilly Biography" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  29. ^ Greencastle Banner-Graphic: Local News: Sunday is anniversary of Dillinger jail break (October 10, 2008)
  30. ^ Baughman, John J. "Our Past, Their Present: Historical Essays on Putnam County Indiana", Chapter 14 pgs 381–385.
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  35. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/22/11 through 8/26/11. National Park Service. 2011-09-02.
  36. ^ Climate Summary for Greencastle, Indiana
  37. ^ "". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on August 11, 2013.

External links

1888 Indiana Hoosiers football team

The 1888 Indiana Hoosiers football team was an American football team that represented Indiana University Bloomington during the 1888 college football season. In Indiana's second season of intercollegiate football, economics professor Arthur B. Woodford returned as the school's football coach. As in 1887, Indiana played only one game, that game ending in a 6-6 tie with the team from nearby DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana. The players on the 1888 team included Joseph W. Murphy, John C. Capron, and J. F. Newsom.

Appleyard (Greencastle, Indiana)

Appleyard, also known as the Alexander C. Stevenson Farm, is a historic farm located on the south side of State Road 240 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Greencastle in Putnam County, Indiana. The farm was the home of Alexander Campbell Stevenson, an Indiana politician and agriculturalist. Stevenson founded the farm in 1843 while serving in the Indiana House of Representatives; he later served as speaker of the assembly. Stevenson bred shorthorn cattle and merino sheep on his farm using modern methods and became a prominent agricultural expert in Indiana. As a result of his efforts, Stevenson was appointed to Indiana's first State Board of Agriculture in 1851; during his tenure on the board, he helped establish the Indiana State Fair. Stevenson later served as president of the Indiana Shorthorn Breeders Association and the American Shorthorn Breeders Association.The farm includes four contributing buildings; a Greek Revival farmhouse, a carriage house, a barn, and a well house.

The farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 23, 1990. It was also listed on the Indiana state historic register. It was removed from the National Register on August 18, 2014.

Courtland C. Gillen

Courtland Craig Gillen (July 3, 1880 – September 1, 1954) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Roachdale, Indiana, Gillen attended the rural schools. After graduating from Fincastle High School in 1897, he became a high school teacher for five years. From 1901-1903, he attended De Pauw University at Greencastle, Indiana and later graduated from the law of department of the predecessor of what is now known as the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1905.

In 1904 he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greencastle, Indiana. He later served as county attorney from 1909-1914, and as a prosecuting attorney of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit in 1917 and 1918.

He also served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1924.

Gillen was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress (March 4, 1931 – March 3, 1933).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932.

Gillen was elected judge of the sixty-fourth judicial circuit (Putnam Circuit Court) in 1934 and served from January 1, 1935, until his resignation on April 15, 1939.

He resumed the private practice of law.

He died in Greencastle, Indiana, September 1, 1954.

He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Courtland C. Matson

Courtland Cushing Matson (April 25, 1841 – September 4, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born in Brookville, Indiana, Matson was graduated from Indiana Asbury (later De Pauw) University in 1862.

During the Civil War enlisted as a private in the Sixteenth Regiment, Indiana Volunteers.

After one year's service entered the Sixth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Cavalry (Seventy-first Volunteers), and served until October 1865, and was subsequently promoted to the rank of colonel.

He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greencastle, Indiana.

He was three times elected prosecuting attorney of the county.

He served as chairman of the Democratic State central committee in 1878.

Matson was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1889).

He served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions (Forty-eighth through Fiftieth Congresses).

He was not a candidate for renomination.

He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Indiana in 1888.

He resumed the practice of law in Greencastle, Indiana.

He served as member of the board of tax commissioners 1909-1913.

He died in Chicago, Illinois, September 4, 1915.

He was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery, Greencastle, Indiana.

Donald L. Trump

Donald Lynn "Skip" Trump (born July 31, 1945) is an American oncologist who has been the executive director and Chief executive officer of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Falls Church, Virginia since January 2015. He is not related to U.S. president Donald Trump.

Edward W. McGaughey

Edward Wilson McGaughey (January 16, 1817 – August 6, 1852) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

McGaughey was born near Greencastle, Indiana and attended the public schools. He was the Deputy clerk of Putnam County. He was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Greencastle, Indiana. He served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1839 and 1840.

In 1842 McGaughey was prosecutor in the notable murder trial of Noah Beauchamp. He successfully got a conviction and death sentence for Beauchamp, which was the first legal execution in that county.He served in the Indiana State Senate for the session from December 5, 1842 to February 13, 1843. He resigned before the beginning of the next session, and was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Twenty-eighth Congress.

He was elected as a Whig to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress. He moved to Rockville, Indiana, in 1846 and resumed the practice of law.

McGaughey was elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1851), and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1850 to the Thirty-second Congress. While in Congress he voted for the Fugitive Slave Act, being only one of three Whigs who did so. He was nominated by President Taylor as Governor of Minnesota Territory in 1849, but the Senate failed to confirm the nomination.

He moved to California in 1852. He died in San Francisco, California on August 6, 1852, and was interred in Yerba Buena Cemetery.

For a time, Edward McGaughey’s political career paralleled that of Abraham Lincoln. McGaughey, the only Whig in Indiana’s ten-man Congressional delegation, served in the 29th and 31st Congresses. Lincoln, the only Whig in Illinois’ seven-man delegation, served in the 30th Congress.

The two men were also candidates for appointment to become territorial governor when a Whig, Zachary Taylor, was elected President of the United States. McGaughey was President Taylor’s choice for territorial governor of Minnesota. The U.S. Senate failed to confirm the nomination because McGaughey had voted against a bill authorizing supplies for the Mexican war. Lincoln was President Taylor’s choice to become territorial governor of Oregon. Lincoln turned the appointment down because his wife, Mary, did not want to live so far away from civilization.

Lincoln wanted President Taylor to appoint him commissioner of the General Land Office but the position was not offered. Lincoln wrote to his law partner, Joshua Speed: “I believe that, so far as the whigs in congress, are concerned, I could have the Genl. Land Office almost by common consent; but then Sweet, and Don: Morrison, and Browning, and Cyrus Edwards all want it. And what is worse, while I think I could easily take it myself, I fear I shall have trouble to get it for any other man in Illinois. The reason is, that McGaughey, an Indiana ex-member of congress is here after it; and being personally known, he will be hard to beat by anyone who is not.”

Emmett O. King

Emmett Orlando King (October 8, 1875 – October 20, 1934) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of Maine in 1904 and compiled a 5–4 record. King later worked as an attorney in Indiana until his death from a heart attack in 1934.

Enos Lowe

Enos Lowe (May 5, 1804–February 13, 1880) was a pioneer doctor and businessman who was among the original founders of Omaha, Nebraska and served as president of the Second Iowa Constitutional Convention.

Finis McLean

Finis Ewing McLean (February 19, 1806 – April 12, 1881) was a United States Representative from Kentucky. He was the brother of John McLean and uncle of James David Walker.

Forest Hill Cemetery (Greencastle, Indiana)

Forest Hill Cemetery is a historic cemetery located in Greencastle Township, Putnam County, Indiana. It was established in 1865, and is a 133-acre city cemetery for Greencastle, Indiana. Notable features include the Forest Hill Abbey (1931), four family crypts (c. 1880), the Soldier's Monument (1870), DAR Monument (1915), and the cemetery layout and soldier's section.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2015.

Harvey D. Scott

Harvey David Scott (October 18, 1818 – July 11, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.

Born near Ashtabula, Ohio, Scott attended the public schools and the Asbury (now De Pauw) University at Greencastle, Indiana.

He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Terre Haute, Indiana.

He held several local offices.

Scott was elected as an Indiana People's Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857).

He resumed the practice of law.

He served as judge of the circuit court of Vigo County (1881–1884).

He moved to California in 1887 and died in Pasadena, California, on July 11, 1891.

He was interred in Mountain View Cemetery.

Scott was the father of rhetorician Fred Newton Scott.

Jane L. Kelly

Jane Louise Kelly (born October 28, 1964) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Jim Baird (American politician)

James Richard Baird (born June 4, 1945) is an American businessman and politician who serves as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana's 4th congressional district. Before being elected to Congress, Baird served from 2010 to 2018 as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. He previously served as Commissioner for Putnam County, Indiana from 2006 to 2010. Baird was elected to Congress on November 6, 2018.

John Hanna (Indiana politician)

John Hanna (September 3, 1827 – October 24, 1882) was a United States Representative and United States Attorney from Indiana.

Kenny Rollins

Kenneth Herman "Kenny" Rollins (September 14, 1923 – October 9, 2012) was an American professional basketball player. He competed at the 1948 London Olympics and was a member of the University of Kentucky's "Fabulous Five" who won the 1948 NCAA Tournament. His college career was interrupted by service in the United States Navy during World War II. He was voted to the All-SEC and All-SEC Tourney teams following his junior and senior seasons.

His brother, Phil, played for the University of Louisville and spent 3 seasons in the NBA.

Larry Steele

Larry Nelson Steele (born May 5, 1949) is a former professional basketball player, best known for being on the Portland Trail Blazers team that won the 1977 NBA Finals.

Born in Greencastle, Indiana, Steele grew up in Bainbridge, Indiana, and played collegiately at the University of Kentucky under coach Adolph Rupp. As a junior at Bainbridge High School, he had a high game of 46 points and 38 points as a high game during senior year. He scored a total of 1,646 high school points. His senior year he was selected All-County, All-Sectional, All-Regional, All- Semi-State, Indianapolis News 1st Team All-State, and a member of the Indiana All-Star Team.

At the University of Kentucky, he was a three-year starter, averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game. He was selected 1st Team All-SEC twice, Co-captain, MVP, Leadership Award, Hustle Award, led the UK team in assists and free throws. In 2003, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. As a junior in 1970, Steele earned 3rd team UPI/Coaches All-SEC honors and in 1971 as a senior 2nd team AP and 3rd team UPI/Coaches All-SEC honors.

He was drafted by the Trail Blazers in 1971, with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round (37th overall) and by the Kentucky Colonels in the 1971 American Basketball Association draft. In 1974 he was drafted again by the Kentucky Colonels in the 5th round of the ABA draft of NBA players. He joined the Trail Blazers at the start of the Blazers' second season and became a roster mainstay for nine years before injuries forced him into retirement at the end of the 1979–80 season. His 610 games in a Portland uniform ranks sixth on the club's all-time list.Steele played his entire NBA career for the team (retiring from basketball at the end of the 1979–80 season). Steele led the NBA in steals in the 1973–74 NBA season—the first year steals were recorded by the league with 2.68 swipes per game. He played 20.7 MPG on the 1977 championship team (starting in only nine games) averaging 10.3 points per game. During his nine-year NBA career, all with the Trail Blazers, he averaged 8.2 points, 2.9 assists, 1.39 steals and 24.2 minutes while starting 337 games.

His Trailblazers jersey number (15) was retired by the team on October 11, 1981 and he was selected as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 1992 Silver Anniversary Team. In 2003, he was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.After his playing days, he worked in the Blazers front office in marketing and served as a commentator with broadcaster Bill Schonely.

Steele later worked as a broadcaster for the NBA on CBS and as a head coach at the University of Portland from 1987 to 1994. He currently runs a basketball camp in Vernonia, Oregon.

Monnett Bain Davis

Monnett Bain Davis (August 13, 1893 – December 26, 1953) was an American Ambassador. Born in Greencastle, Indiana, he was named for his maternal grandmother, Mary Monnett Bain, a benfactress of the Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. He was educated at the University of Colorado, A.B.

During World War I, he served in the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) in the United States Army. He later entered into the United States Foreign Service and served three tours of duty representing American interests abroad. Following service to the U.S. Embassy in Denmark, he served as United States Consul-General in Shanghai from 1946 to 1947. He was then given his assignment as United States Ambassador to Panama (1948–1951).

Recognized for his negotiating skills, Davis was then assigned to the post of U.S. Ambassador to Israel in 1951. Ambassador Davis died in his sleep in the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1953. His body was returned to the United States and interred at Arlington National Cemetery (Section 2, Grave 4876).

William A. Hanley

William Andrew Hanley (1886 – December 13, 1966) was an American mechanical engineer, business executive in Indianapolis, and 60th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 1940-1941.Hanley was born in Greencastle, Indiana in 1886 to Michael T. Hanley and Catherine (Connell) Hanley. After attending Saint Joseph's College, he obtained his BSc from Purdue University in 1911. He had started as apprentice at the Republic Steel Corporation and the at Broderick Boiler Company, before going to the Purdue University. After graduation he joined the Eli Lilly and Company, a manufacturing company of medicinal products. He worked his way up from supervisor, and head of the engineering division to director.In 1940-41 he served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In 1937 the Purdue University awarded him the honorary doctorate in engineering.

William Michael Crose

William Michael Crose (February 8, 1867 – April 4, 1929) was a United States Navy Captain and the seventh Naval Governor of American Samoa, from November 10, 1910 to March 14, 1913. He was the first person designated "Governor of American Samoa", rather than the previous "Governor of Tutuila".

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