Leslie, Harry G. (1878-1937) | Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
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. His 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.