Indiana

Will Rogers Speaking to the Indiana General Assembly

Will Rogers spoke frequently about Indiana and its politics. He went to Indianapolis and spoke at a hospital benefit in January of 1935 and he visited Indiana on several occasions. Will also followed football and he referenced Notre Dame and Knute Rockne many times and he spoke at a banquet for Notre Dame.


“Well, here we are in the famous Notre Dame. You know why these kids can play football? No cars, no roadsters here. When you’re driving to town in all these other colleges, here you are either studying or catching forward passes. There is a great spirit that makes this such an institution.” – Daily Telegrams, January 15, 1935


“Well, I soon realized I didn't speak good enough English to understand anything around there, so I lit a shuck for the Middle West, to Indiana, where bad Grammar and worse roads stopped me. I thought to myself, if there is a place in the world where a man ought to get a political tip, it's in Indiana. Children in Indiana are born in voting booths and are weaned on ballots.” – Saturday Evening Post, May 1, 1926


“Well, all I know is just what I read in the papers. As I pen these lines I am messing around in Indiana. (In fact everybody that is in Indiana is messing around, or was till they caught ’em.) I am trying to keep my visit kinder quiet. I don’t want to let it out I am here. But I do believe the old State is trying to do better. There is a whole lot of awful nice people in here. They are kinder like Florida during their set back; they are not really responsible for what some have done.” – Weekly Articles, 1928


“It's a beautiful day, and as we get out over Indiana those well-kept farms look mighty pretty. There looks like a farmer on every corner of a 160 acres. I hope we fly over Culver Military Academy. I might see my boy walking guard there. We are going over South Bend. You can just see those old Indiana farmers down there kinder resting on their plow handles and thinking about politics. They don't care what corn or wheat makes to the acre. All they want is more elections, and more plotting to the election.” – Saturday Evening Post, January 28, 1928