Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction

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The Superintendent of Public Instruction is an elected office in the state government of Indiana. The official is an elected member of the executive branch of government and work with the state Board of Education as head of the Indiana Department of Education to oversee certain areas of public schools in Indiana. The position was created in 1851 with the adoption of the Constitution of Indiana, and filled in the first general election following its creation.

The annual salary of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Indiana is $79,400.[1]

List of Superintendents[edit]

      Democratic       Whig       Republican

# Name Took Office Left office Party Hometown Notes
1 William C. Larrabee November 8, 1852 November 8, 1854 Democrat Crawfordsville, Indiana
2 Caleb Mills November 8, 1854 February 10, 1857 Whig Crawfordsville, Indiana
3 William C. Larrabee February 10, 1857 February 10, 1859 Democrat Crawfordsville, Indiana
4 Samuel L. Rugg February 10, 1859 February 10, 1861 Democrat Allen County, Indiana
5 Miles J. Fletcher February 10, 1861 May 10, 1862 Republican Putnam County, Indiana [2]
6 Samuel K. Hoshour April 15, 1862 November 25, 1862 Republican Wayne County, Indiana [3]
7 Samuel L. Rugg November 25, 1862 March 15, 1867 Democrat Allen County, Indiana
8 George W. Hoss March 15, 1865 October 17, 1868 Democrat Indianapolis, Indiana [4]
9 Barnabas C. Hobbs October 26, 1868 March 15, 1871 Republican Bloomingdale, Indiana
10 Milton B. Hopkins March 15, 1871 August 17, 1874 Democrat Kokomo, Indiana [2]
11 Alexander C. Hopkins August 20, 1874 March 15, 1875 Democrat Milroy, Indiana [3]
12 James H. Smart March 15, 1875 March 15, 1881 Democrat Fort Wayne, Indiana
13 John M. Bloss March 15, 1881 March 15, 1883 Republican Evansville, Indiana
14 John W. Holcombe March 15, 1883 March 15, 1887 Democrat Valparaiso, Indiana
15 Harvey Marion LaFollette March 15, 1887 March 15, 1891 Republican Boone County, Indiana
16 Hervey D. Vories March 15, 1891 March 15, 1895 Democrat Nineveh, Indiana
17 David M Geeting March 15, 1895 March 15, 1899 Republican Clinton County, Indiana
18 Frank L. Jones March 15, 1899 March 15, 1903 Republican Howard County, Indiana
19 Fassett A. Cotton March 15, 1903 March 15, 1909 Republican Henry County, Indiana
20 Robert J. Aley March 15, 1909 January 1, 1910 Democrat Owen County, Indiana [4]
21 Charles A. Greathouse January 1, 1910 March 15, 1917 Democrat Mount Vernon, Indiana
22 Horace D. Ellis March 15, 1917 March 15, 1919 Republican Vincennes, Indiana
23 Linnaeus N. Hines March 15, 1919 October 1, 1921 Republican Noblesville, Indiana [4]
24 Benjamin J. Burris January 1, 1921 November 1, 1924 Republican Washington, Indiana [3][4]
25 Henry N. Sherwood March 15, 1924 March 15, 1927 Republican Franklin, Indiana
26 Charles F. Miller March 15, 1927 September 1, 1927 Republican Elkhart County, Indiana [4]
27 Roy P. Wisehart September 1, 1927 March 15, 1931 Republican Union City, Indiana [3]
28 George C. Cole March 15, 1931 December 31, 1933 Democrat Lawrenceburg, Indiana [4]
30 Floyd I. McMurray January 1, 1934 March 15, 1941 Democrat Thorntown, Indiana [3]
31 Clement T. Malan March 15, 1941 March 15, 1947 Republican Terre Haute, Indiana
32 Ben H. Watt March 15, 1947 March 15, 1949 Republican Noblesville, Indiana
33 Deane E. Walker March 15, 1949 March 15, 1951 Democrat Culver, Indiana
34 Wilbur E. Young March 15, 1951 March 15, 1959 Republican Osgood, Indiana
35 William E. Wilson March 15, 1959 March 15, 1967 Democrat Jeffersonville, Indiana
36 Richard D. Wells March 15, 1967 March 15, 1971 Republican Valparaiso, Indiana
37 John J. Loughlin March 15, 1971 March 15, 1973 Democrat South Bend, Indiana
39 Dr. Harold H. Negley March 15, 1973 June 6, 1985 Republican Indianapolis, Indiana
40 Dr. H. Dean Evans June 6, 1985 January 11, 1993 Republican Indianapolis, Indiana
41 Dr. Suellen Reed January 11, 1993 January 12, 2009 Republican Rushville, Indiana
42 Dr. Tony Bennett January 12, 2009 January 19, 2013 Republican New Albany, Indiana
43 Glenda Ritz January 19, 2013 Current Democrat Carmel, Indiana

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Information Maintained by the Office of Code Revision Indiana Legislative Services Agency". State of Indiana. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 2008-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b Died in office
  3. ^ a b c d e Appointed to office
  4. ^ a b c d e f Resigned from office

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Funk, Arville L (1969, revised 1983). A Sketchbook of Indiana History. Rochester, Indiana: Christian Book Press. pp. 212–213.