GEORGE N. CRAIG, Indiana’s thirty-ninth governor, was born in Brazil, Indiana, on August 6, 1909. After earning his law degree from Indiana University in 1932, Craig established his legal career in his father’s law firm in Brazil. During World War II, he rose through the military ranks to lieutenant colonel, and was awarded for his combat leadership by France, Russia, and the U.S. After his military duty, Craig returned home and resumed his law career. In 1949, he was named the national commander of the American Legion. Craig first entered politics, winning his election to the governor’s office in 1952. He was sworn into office on January 12, 1953. During his tenure, the first toll road was authorized, the state department of health was restructured, a highway safety program was initiated, and major reforms were sanctioned that included conservation, mental health, and corrections. After leaving office on January 10, 1957, Craig became a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm, and later practiced in Los Angeles. Governor George N. Craig died on December 17, 1992, and was buried at the Clearview Cemetery in Brazil, Indiana.
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