David Wallace

10 posts

People Lew Knew: The Hawkins Family and Lane Place

Lane Place holds a secure spot in the history of Crawfordsville because of its association with Henry Lane and his wife Joanna Elston Lane. For Lew Wallace and Susan Elston it held a special place in their hearts because it was where they first really came to know each other […]

Thanksgiving and the Wallaces

We talk a lot about Lew and Susan Wallace here at the blog, but someone who isn’t mentioned often is Lew’s father David Wallace. David  attended West Point Military Academy and began practicing law in Indiana in 1823. He served in the Indiana State Legislature from 1828 to 1830. In […]

Bust of David Wallace

The large statue of Lew Wallace on the site of the Ben-Hur beech is not the only piece of free-standing sculpture on the grounds of the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum. Visitors who walk down into the swale behind the Study find themselves face to face with an image […]

Family Politics

What was Lew Wallace’s political affiliation? Looking to his Autobiography, Wallace grew up “intensely Whig” with a father associated with the Whig party during his time as governor and state legislator. Wallace carried on these political views until the personally crucial election of 1848 which found General Zachary Taylor, among […]