Capital: Indianapolis

State Nickname: Hoosier State

State Bird: Cardinal

State Flower: Peony

Admitted to the Union: December 11, 1816

Governors

November 7, 1816 to September 12, 1822:

Jonathan Jennings

September 12, 1822 to December 4, 1822:

Ratliff Boon

December 5, 1822 to February 12, 1825:

William Hendricks

February 12, 1825 to December 7, 1831:

James B. Ray

December 7, 1831 to December 6, 1837:

Noah Noble

December 6, 1837 to December 9, 1840:

David Wallace

December 9, 1840 to December 6, 1843:

Samuel Bigger

December 6, 1843 to December 27, 1848:

James Whitcomb

December 27, 1848 to December 4, 1849:

Paris C. Dunning

December 5, 1849 to January 12, 1857:

Joseph A. Wright

January 12, 1857 to October 4, 1860:

Ashbel P. Willard

October 4, 1860 to January 4, 1861:

Abraham A. Hammond

January 14, 1861 to January 16, 1861:

Henry S. Lane

January 16, 1861 to January 23, 1867:

Oliver P. Morton

January 24, 1867 to January 13, 1873:

Conrad Baker

January 13, 1873 to January 8, 1877:

Thomas A. Hendricks

January 8, 1877 to November 20, 1880:

James D. Williams

November 20, 1880 to January 10, 1881:

Isaac P. Gray

January 10, 1881 to January 12, 1885:

Albert G. Porter

January 12, 1885 to January 14, 1889:

Issac P. Gray

January 14, 1889 to November 21, 1891:

Alvin P. Hovey

November 21, 1891 to January 8, 1893:

Ira Joy Chase

January 8, 1893 to January 11, 1897:

Claude Matthews

January 11, 1897 to January 14, 1901:

James A. Mount

January 14, 1901 to January 9, 1905:

Winfield T. Durbin

January 9, 1905 to January 11, 1909:

J. Frank Hanly

January 11, 1909 to January 13, 1913:

Thomas R. Marshall

January 13, 1913 to January 8, 1917:

Samuel M. Ralston

January 8, 1917 to January 10, 1921:

James Putnam Goodrich

January 10, 1921 to April 30, 1924:

Warren T. McCray

April 30, 1924 to January 12, 1925:

emmett F. Branch

January 12, 1925 to January 14, 1929:

Edward Jackson

January 14, 1929 to January 9, 1933:

Harry G. Leslie

January 9, 1933 to January 11, 1937:

Paul V. McNutt

January 11, 1937 to January 8, 1945:

Henry F. Schricker

January 8, 1945 to January 10, 1949:

Ralph F. Gates

January 10, 1949 to January 12, 1953:

Henry F. Schricker

January 12, 1953 to January 14, 1957:

George N. Craig

January 14, 1957 to January 9, 1961:

Harold W. Handley

January 9, 1961 to January 11, 1965:

Matthew E. Welsh

January 11, 1965 to January 13, 1969:

Roger D. Branigan

January 13, 1969 to January 8, 1973:

Edgar D. Whitcomb

January 8, 1973 to January 12, 1981:

Otis R. Bowen

January 12, 1981 to January 8, 1989:

Robert D. Orr

January 9, 1989 to January 13, 1997:

Evan Byah

September 13, 2003 to January 10, 2005 :

Frank L. O'Bannon

September 13, 2003 to January 10, 2005

Joe Kernan Joe Kernan

January 10, 2005 –

Joe Kernan Mitch Daniels

 
Senators - Class I

December 11, 1816 – February 26, 1831

James Noble * Died in office

August 19, 1831 – January 3, 1832

Robert Hanna

January 3, 1832 – March 4, 1839

John Tipton

March 4, 1839 – March 4, 1845

Albert Smith White

March 4, 1845 – February 5, 1862

Jesse D. Bright * Expelled

February 24, 1862 – January 14, 1863

Joseph A. Wright

January 14, 1863 – March 4, 1863

David Turpie

March 4, 1863 – November 25, 1869

Thomas A. Hendricks

March 4, 1869 – March 4, 1875

Daniel D. Pratt

March 4, 1875 – March 4, 1881

Joseph E. McDonald

March 4, 1881 – March 4, 1887

Benjamin Harrison

March 4, 1887 – March 4, 1899

David Turpie

March 4, 1899 – March 4, 1911

Albert J. Beveridge

March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1917

John W. Kern

March 4, 1917 – March 4, 1923

Harry Stewart New

March 4, 1923 – October 14, 1925

Samuel M. Ralston * Died in office

October 20, 1925 – January 3, 1935

Arthur Raymond Robinson

January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1941

Sherman Minton

January 3, 1941 – January 3, 1947

Raymond E. Willis

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1959

William Ezra Jenner

January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1977

Vance Hartke

January 3, 1977 –

Richard Lugar

 
Senators - Class III

December 11, 1816 – March 4, 1825

Waller Taylor

March 4, 1825 – March 4, 1837

William Hendricks

March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1843

Oliver H. Smith

March 4, 1843 – March 4, 1849

Edward A. Hannegan

March 4, 1849 – December 4, 1852

James Whitcomb

December 6, 1852 – January 18, 1853

Charles W. Cathcart

January 18, 1853 – March 4, 1855

John Pettit

February 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861

Graham N. Fitch

March 4, 1861 – March 4, 1867

Henry Smith Lane

March 4, 1867 – November 1, 1877

Oliver Hazard Perry Morton

November 6, 1877 – March 4, 1897

Daniel W. Voorhees

March 4, 1897 – March 4, 1905

Charles W. Fairbanks

March 4, 1905 – March 4, 1909

James A. Hemenway

March 4, 1909 – March 14, 1916

Benjamin F. Shiveley * Died in office

March 20, 1916 – November 7, 1916

Thomas Taggart * Appointed

November 8, 1916 – March 4, 1933

James Eli Watson

March 4, 1933 – January 25, 1944

Frederick Van Nuys * Died in office

January 28, 1944 – November 13, 1944

Samuel D. Jackson * Appointed

November 14, 1944 – January 3, 1945

William E. Jenner

January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1963

Homer E. Capehart

January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1981

Birch Bayh

January 3, 1981 – January 3, 1989

Dan Quayle

January 3, 1989 – January 3, 1999

Dan Coats

January 3, 1999 –

Evan Bayh

 
State Song
On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away

Written by Paul Dresser
Composed by Paul Dresser

Round my Indiana homesteads wave the cornfields,
In the distance loom the woodlands clear and cool.
Oftentimes my thoughts revert to scenes of childhood,
Where I first received my lessons, nature's school.
But one thing there is missing in the picture,
Without her face it seems so incomplete.
I long to see my mother in the doorway,
As she stood there years ago, her boy to greet.

Chorus

Oh, the moonlight's fair tonight along the Wabash,
From the fields there comes the breath of newmown hay.
Through the sycamores the candle lights are gleaming,
On the banks of the Wabash, far away.

Many years have passed since I strolled by the river,
Arm in arm, with sweetheart Mary by my side,
It was there I tried to tell her that I loved her,
It was there I begged of her to be my bride.
Long years have passed since I strolled thro' there churchyard.
She's sleeping there, my angel, Mary dear,
I loved her, but she thought I didn't mean it,
Still I'd give my future were she only here.

Adopted by the 1913 General Assembly

Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1820: 147,178

1830: 343,031

1840: 685,866

1850: 988,416

1860: 1,350,419

1870: 1,680,637

1880: 1,978,301

1890: 2,192,404

1900: 2,516,462

1910: 2,700,876

1920: 2,930,390

1930: 3,238,503

1940: 3,427,796

1950: 3,934,224

1960: 4,662,498

1970: 5,195,392

1980: 5,490,224

1990: 5,544,159

2000: 6,080,506

 


State Capitol Building 1907
 
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