Column: Women who stand beside, not behind, state leaders

As a new bride, Ann Jennings rode horseback 17 days to get to Washington, D.C. Her husband, Jonathan Jennings, had been re-elected to Congress as a delegate from the Indiana Territory.

When Indiana gained statehood in 1816, Jonathan was elected governor. Ann returned with him to the capital of Corydon to serve as the state’s first “first lady.”

March is National Women’s History Month. It seems a good time to shed a little light on some of the courageous women who helped their husbands make Indiana history.

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