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Homer E. Capehart / GOP Conrfield Conference

Location: Junction of CR 600 N & CR 150 W on SW side of the railroad tracks, 1.5 miles west of SR 57 on CR 600 N, about 6 miles NW of Washington. (Daviess County, Indiana)

Erected 1999 Indiana Historical Bureau and Daviess County Visitors Bureau.

ID# : 14.1999.2

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Side one:

Born into Indiana farming family 1897. Manufactured and pioneered sales of automatic phonographs, creating Capehart Corporation. Executive of Rudolph Wurlitzer Company 1933-1944. Organized 1938 Republican Party "Cornfield Conference" on Capehart farm land across the road. Became influential in party; served as U.S. senator 1945-1963. Died 1979.

Side two:

Republican Party rally organized by Homer E. Capehart took place August 26-27, 1938 on the Capehart farm. Thousands from Indiana and other states attended; received significant national news coverage. Event sparked revival of Republican Party in Indiana and nationally and launched Capehart's political career."

Keywords

Politics, Special Events