Indiana, Historical Profile (1919), #001-Introduction
Indiana, the thirty-seventh state in size in the American Union and the ninth in population. It was the second of the five states which were formed from the Northwest Territory, the first being Ohio, which lies east of it. Kentucky is south, Illinois is west, and Michigan and Lake Erie are north. The area of Indiana is 36,354 square miles, and the population, in 1910, was 2,700,870, an average of 74.9 to the square mile. A Federal estimate credited the state with 2,854,167 people, on July 1, 1918.
For some one outstanding thing most states are best known in sister commonwealths. Possibly Indiana's greatest fame lies in the long list of men who have made voluminous, and in some cases, notable, contributions to American literature. Surely among America's most loved poets is James Whitcomb Riley. Second only to him in point of worth most critics would place General Lew Wallace. Below them is a numerous group of writers whose work has attracted wide attention; in the list may be included Edward Eggleston, Meredith Nicholson, Booth Tarkington, George Barr McCutcheon, George Ado and Maurice Thompson. John T. McCutcheon became one of America's greatest cartoonists.