By Mary A. Sego
Primary Creator: Leslie, Harry G. (1878-1937)
Extent: 1.0 Folders. More info below.
Subjects: Purdue University--Alumni and alumnae
Harry G. Leslie, the 32nd Governor of Indiana, was born in a little frame house in Lafayette, Indiana, April 6, 1878.
While still a schoolboy, Leslie was elected town clerk. Later he entered Purdue University, where he became one of the university's "immortal" football heroes. Leslie suffered serious injuries in the tragic wreck of a football special train bearing the team to the annual game with Indiana University in 1903. In 1904 he was elected Senior Class President and later became the University's first athletic director.
After graduating from Purdue, Leslie enrolled in the Indiana University Law School and later opened a law office in Lafayette. He was elected Tipton County Treasurer in 1912 and served in the State House of Representatives in 1923, 1925, and 1927.
Leslie was elected Governor on the Republican ticket in 1928. Hie administration was beset by drought, labor troubles, and unemployment. He gained a creditable record, however, in directing the care of Indiana's unfortunates in the state's charitable and benevolent institutions and in reclaiming inmates of the state's penal institutions.
Governor Leslie died December 10, 1937, in Miami, Florida, and was buried in Lafayette.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation: MSA 160, Harry G. Leslie collection, Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries
Advertisement from Hoosier Farmer - "Indiana Needs Leslie," Republican Primary May 8, 1928.
"Late Returns Indicate Heaviest Vote In Years," The Purdue Exponent, May 9, 1928.
"Seventh Ballot Brings Victory to Harry Leslie," The Purdue Exponent, May 25, 1928.
"Leslie Honored By Hoosier Throng," Lafayette Journal and Courier, September 15, 1928.
"Hoover And G.O.P Candidates Win In Indiana," The Indianapolis News, November 7, 1928. [also included picture of Leslie]
"Governor Smith Through With Politics: States Gives Hoover 275,000; Leslie 40,000," The Indianapolis Star, November 8, 1928.
"Leslie Elected To Governorship," The Purdue Exponent, November 8, 1928.
Half page photograph of Governor Leslie, Mrs. Leslie and their three boys, The Indianapolis Sunday Star, January 13, 1929.
"Lafayette Delegation Attends Inauguration," The Purdue Exponent, January 15, 1929.
Address by Governor Harry G. Leslie, "Facts About Indiana," 1929.