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Governor Harry G. Leslie
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Governor Harry G. Leslie

Harry Guyer Leslie (April 6, 1878 - December 10, 1937) was born of pioneer parents in West Lafayette, Indiana. While a student at Purdue University Leslie played football, miraculously surviving the tragic 1903 train wreck that killed sixteen of his fellow team members in Indianapolis. After many operations to repair extensive injuries, he graduated from Purdue and received his law degree from Indiana University. Leslie opened his law office in Lafayette, became involved in Tippecanoe County politics, and was elected county treasurer in 1912 and 1914. He engaged in farming from 1914 to 1924, serving also as a bank president. April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1878 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... December 10 is the 344th day (345th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... West Lafayette is a city located in Tippecanoe County, Indiana. ... Purdue University is a public land-grant university system within the state of Indiana. ... The Indianapolis skyline Indianapolis is the capital of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... Indiana University may refer to: the Indiana University system Indiana University of Pennsylvania This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Leslie, a Republican, was a representative in the Indiana house for four years and its speaker in 1925 and 1927 before his election as governor in 1928. A blunt, simple man, Leslie had an unusual talent for friendships and as governor was known for his straightforward style of administration. His term as governor coincided with the beginning of the Great Depression, and among his efforts to ameliorate its effects a special legislative session was called in 1932 to reduce taxes and expenses of government. The Republican Party, often called the GOP (for Grand Old Party, although one early citation described it as the Gallant Old Party [1]), is one of the two major political parties in the United States. ...


Following his governorship Leslie became a founder, and eventually the president, of a life insurance company in Indianapolis. Down-to-earth and witty, Leslie boasted storytellers like George Ade and Will Rogers as good friends. George Ade (February 9, 1866 - May 16, 1944) was an American writer, newspaper columnist, and playwright. ... Will Rogers. ...


Leslie died in Miami, Florida and is buried in Grandview Cemetery in West Lafayette. The Miami skyline, as it is seen from the northeast on Biscayne Bay. ...

Preceded by:
Ed Jackson
Governor of Indiana Succeeded by:
Paul V. McNutt

 
 

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