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Indiana Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Hoosiers

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Indiana or spent some important time in Indiana.

Johnny Appleseed, planter

Birch Evans Bayh III, Indiana governor and U.S. senator

Ball Brothers, industrialists

Larry Bird, basketball player and coach

William Bonney (aka Henry McCarty, Henry Antrim, and Billy the Kid), outlaw

Ken Bowersox, astronaut

Hoagy Carmichael, jazz musician

Julia Carson, U.S. representative

Dallas Clark, football player

Jay Cutler, football player

Mitch Daniels, Indiana governor

Jim Davis, cartoonist, Garfield the Cat

James Dean, actor

John Dillinger, bank robber

Tony Dungy, football player and coach

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, singer and songwriter

Kevin Eikenberry, author

Dwight Feeney, football player

William Forsyth, novelist

Vivica Fox, actress

Tarik Glenn, football player

Bob Glidden, race car driver

Virgil “Gus” Grissom, astronaut

Benjamin Harrison, U.S. president

Marvin Harrison, football player

James Hoffa, labor leader

Elaine Irwin-Mellencamp, model

Janet Jackson, rock singer

Michael Jackson, rock singer

The Jackson Five, rock group

Edgerrin James, football player

Richard Kingsley, artist

Greg Kinnearr, actor

Henry Lane, founder of Indiana Republican Party

David Letterman, TV talk show host

David Lilienthal, driving force behind Tennessee Valley Authority

Eli Lilly, colonel and founder of pharmaceutical company

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president

Richard Lugar, U.S. senator

Peyton Manning, football player

Robert Mathis, football player

Don Mattingly, baseball player

Steve McQueen, actor

John Mellencamp, rock singer, songwriter, and painter

Nancy Noel, artist

Jane Pauley, TV newscaster

Maurene O'Hara Pesta, artist

Cole Porter, songwriter

Gene Stratton Porter, novelist

Ernie Pyle, photojournalist

J. Danforth Quayle, U.S. senator and vice president

Brady Quinn, football player

James Whitcomb Riley, poet

Oscar Robertson, basketball player

Knute Rockne, football coach

Jerry Ross, astronaut

Corey Simon, football player

Frank Sinatra, singer. Sinatra made his debut as a singer at the Lyric Theater in Indianapolis with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (February 2, 1940).

Red Skeleton, comedian

T. C. Steele, artist

Tony Stewart, race car driver

Brandon Stokley, football player

Clement Studebaker, automobile manufacturer

Henry Studebaker, automobile manufacturer

Billy Sunday, baseball player and evangelist

Charles “Chuck” Taylor, athlete and sports broadcaster

Mike Vanderjagt, football player

Willis Van Devanter, U.S. supreme court justice

Kurt Vonnegut Jr., novelist

Charles Walker, astronaut

Lew Wallace, novelist, Ben Hur

Reggie Wayne, football player

Marie Webster, quilter. Wrote the first book on quilting.

Wendell Willkie, U.S. presidential candidate

Oprah Winfrey, TV talk show host, actress, producer, book author, billionaire

David Wolf, astronaut

Wilbur Wright, inventor

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