Mr. Wendell Willkie, possibly the most famous citizen to come from Rushville, Indiana. He was a lawyer, who was the son of two lawyers, and was the Republican presidential candidate in 1940, running against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He was a Democratic activist who switched parties in 1939, and used his influence to advocate that the "United States should remain active internationally once the war was won, and should not withdraw into a new isolationism."
When he died, 60,000 people paid their respects, including many African Americans, which Eleanor Roosevelt mentioned when she wrote about him in her column "was fitting" as he had worked against the the Ku Klux Klan in Ohio in the 1920s.
There was an offer for him to be buried at Arlington National cemetery, but his wife Edith knew that he would prefer to be buried at home in Rushville. There is a large monument to him in the Rushville cemetery, where he is buried with his wife. Their house is listed on the National Register of historic places.
Some of his notable quotes are:
Education is the mother of leadership.
A good catchword can obscure analysis for fifty years.
The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens. (Wikipedia)
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