The Midas of the Wabash is a biography of noted businessman John Purdue (1802-1876), whose donations of time and money led to the founding of Indiana's land grant university, Purdue University, in 1869. Purdue also contributed to economically important bridge, railroad, and cemetery construction, the existence of Lafayette Savings Bank and the Battle Ground Collegiate Institute, cattle farming, Lafayette's public school system, and countless other worthy enterprises. This is the first published full length study of Mr. Purdue's life and work beyond casual street talk that portrayed Purdue as a difficult individual with whom to work. This biography incorporates research efforts by previous writers with facts gleaned from newspaper coverage, official documents, and a few rare samples of Mr. Purdue's letters. In this way, a complete picture of the man and myth is generated.
|Publisher:||Purdue University Press|
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About the Author
Robert C. Kriebel was employed 40 years in a variety of writing, editing, and executive positions at the Lafayette, Indiana Journal and Courier. In retirement, he continued to contribute a Sunday column on local history, a column that ran from 1977 to 2011. Kriebel is the author of five books on Indiana biography, and one about the life and the work of American jazz bandleader, Woody Herman. From 1989 to 1991 he was an Advisory Board member and book reviewer for the Indiana Magazine of History. In 1889, Kriebel received a Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History for his role in preserving the history of Indiana.