John Caven (American politician)

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John Caven (12 April 1824 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania – 9 March 1905) was an Indiana politician and Freemason. He was the 9th and 12th mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana as well as an Indiana state senator. [1] [2] [3] Caven was born in Pennsylvania from Scotch-Irish and English American parents.[3] He moved to Indianapolis in 1845, began law studies two years later, and opened a practice. In May 1863, Caven, running as a Republican, was elected mayor without opposition. He won a second term in 1865.[1] Caven then served two terms in the Indiana Senate (1869–1873) before returning to serve another three consecutive terms (1875–1881) as mayor of Indianapolis.[1] He won a third term as a state senator in 1887.[2] Caven was never married.


  1. ^ a b c Nowland, John H.B. (1870). Early reminiscences of Indianapolis: with short biographical sketches of its early citizens, and a few of the prominent business men of the present day. Indianapolis: Sentinel Book and Job Printing House. pp. 328–329. 
  2. ^ a b David J. Bodenhamer; Robert Graham Barrows; David Gordon Vanderstel (1994). The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. Indiana University Press. pp. 391–392. ISBN 978-0-253-31222-8. 
  3. ^ a b Pngleton, Christy. "The History of the Irish in Indianapolis: The Impact of Irish Immigrants on Indy". Indianapolis. Retrieved 2009-08-28.