New York brothers settle New Albany, Indiana
George Rogers Clark and his poorly equipped soldiers gave the infant United States a claim to the vast Northwest Territory. The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 created territory out of which Indiana emerged as a state. To the southeast area came the Scribner brothers, Joel, Nathaniel, and Abner in 1812-1813 from New York. They chose the land below the Falls of the Ohio because it held so much potential for transportation, ship building, and other businesses.
The County itself is the second smallest county in land size in Indiana.
More firsts for New Albany:
1858 - Ashbel P. Willard, Governor of the State of Indiana and a New Albany resident, dedicated the Floyd County Fairground, and in 1859 brought the Indiana State Fair to New Albany. During the Civil War the grounds were converted into Camp Noble where regiments from New Albany were mustered.
1862 - President Abraham Lincoln established one of the first seven National Cemeteries in the United States in New Albany.
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Millworks; plywood; leather tanning and finishing; and many more small manufacturing and assembly industries are located here. The city has over 300 acres of land suitable for industrial development. Estimated in 2003, 36,973 people were living within the city limits.
Nationally known figures who have visited or who have been residents:
John Audubon, naturalist, made many sketches of birds and wildlife of Silver Hills.
George W. Morrison, landscape and portrait painter called New Albany his home.
William Vaughn Moody, poet and playwright graduated from New Albany High School in 1885.
Warren Kerrigan, matinee idol of the 1920's came from New Albany.
Also, from New Albany:
William Wallace Atterbury, head of the U.S. Army Railroad Corp in Europe during World War I and later president of the Pennsylvania Railroad, was the son of a minister of the Second Presbyterian Church (Camp Atterbury, near Columbus, Indiana was named for him).
Michael Kerr became speaker of the U.S. House of Representative shortly after the Civil War.
Washington C. DePauw, broker, banker and William S. Culbertson, known as a great industrialist were two of the most outstanding millionaires of the nineteenth century.
Charles Allen Prosser became know as the "father" of vocational education.
Sherman Minton was a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.