Given by Indiana in 1910
National Statuary Hall
This statue of Lewis (Lew) Wallace was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Indiana in 1910. Wallace was born in 1827 and died in February, 1905. He is remembered for his political accomplishments and for being one of America's most noted authors.
Lewis (Lew) Wallace was born in Brookville, Indiana, on April 10, 1827. An adventurous boy, he was often truant from school, but when his father was elected governor of Indiana in 1837 Wallace's interest in reading was stimulated by his new proximity to the state library. He became a reporter for the Indianapolis Daily Journal for one year, but when the Mexican War broke out he left to raise a company of soldiers. After the war Wallace served as a member of the Indiana state Senate from 1856 to 1860.
A general during the Civil War, he was distinguished as a leader and fighter, and he was credited with saving Cincinnati from the Confederate Army in September 1862. He also served on the court-martial tribunal that tried the accomplices of John Wilkes Booth, President Lincoln's assassin. Wallace served as governor of New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881 and as the minister to Turkey from 1881 to 1885.
His book Ben Hur made him one of the most noted authors in America. Over 300,000 copies were sold within 10 years of its publication, and it continues to be a favorite adventure story. During the last years of his life Wallace lectured extensively. He died on February 15, 1905, at Crawfordsville, Indiana.