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Joe W. Kelly: Four Star General from Martinsville

While some famous Martinsville people are Hall of Fame basketball coaches and others are former Indiana governors, only Joe W. Kelly has the honor of being a four star general from Martinsville, Indiana. A United States Air Force general, flight instructor, B-26 bomb group commander, and pioneer of the transition to jet aircraft, Joe W. […]

Jerry Sichting: Indiana Basketball Hall of Famer from Martinsville

Though not an Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame coach like his fellow Martinsville notables John Wooden and Glenn Curtis, Jerry Sichting is yet another purveyor of hoops from the small Hoosier town of Martinsville, Indiana. A former Purdue Boilermaker and NBA player, Jerry Sichting has done his city proud both on and off the court. […]

Paul McNutt: 34th Governor of Indiana and Martinsville Resident

Along with Emmett Forrest Branch, Paul McNutt is one of two famous Martinsville residents to become the Governor of Indiana. McNutt’s term spanned from 1933 to 1937, when he was succeeded by his former Lieutenant Governor, M. Clifford Townsend. A former military man, American Legion spokesperson, and professor of law, Paul McNutt was a Democrat […]

Glenn Curtis: Champion of Martinsville High School Basketball

Basketball is clearly the Hoosier sport of choice. Anybody who has spent any time in Indiana knows this to be true; hoops fever is everywhere in Indiana, from the largest Indiana high school gyms to the smallest backyard courts. It should come as no surprise, then, that one of the hometown legends of Martinsville, Indiana […]

Richard Bray: Indiana State Senator from Martinsville

Joining the ranks of politicians from Martinsville, Indiana (a list that includes two Indiana governors) is Indiana Senator Richard Bray, a long term political leader who is no stranger to public office. Born in March of 1931 in Martinsville, Richard Bray is a lifelong Hoosier, military veteran, and family man who still practices law in […]

Emmett Forrest Branch: 31st Governor of Indiana

Far from the only political figure to emerge from Martinsville, Indiana, Emmett Forrest Branch‘s reign was perhaps one of the most short lived. He served as the 31st Governor of Indiana from April 30, 1924 to January 12, 1925, a term of less than a year that’s only topped (or bottomed?) by the 13th Governor […]