James Franklin Hanly

J. Frank Hanly was born near St. Joseph, Illinois on 4 April 1863; he was killed near Dennison, Ohio on 1 August 1920, when the car he was driving was struck by a train.
     Hanly is noted for organizing the “Flying Squadron” of Prohibition campaigners which was active during the 1916 presidential campaign.  He lectured extensively on the evils of drink before and after that campaign.
     He attended Eastern Illinois University and taught school for 8 years before entering law school.  Moving to Indiana in 1889, he was elected to the Indiana Senate, to Congress, and to the governorship of Indiana.  Later, he founded a newspaper, the Indianapolis Commercial, and was its editor.

-- Gammon, 2007, pp.83-84


An unidentified newspaper clipping gives additional information:

Dennison, Ohio, Aug. 2 -- J. Frank Hanly, former governor of Indiana and candidate for president on the Prohibition ticket in 1916, and Dr. and Mrs. C.M. Baker of Kilgore, Ohio, were killed six miles from here Sunday when a Pennsylvania freight rain struck the automobile in which the party was driving to Kilgore.
     All three suffered fractured skulls and crushed bodies and neither regained consciousness after being brought to a local hospital.
     Dr. and Mrs. Baker met Mr. Hanly in Dennison at 6:45 Sunday morning and were driving him to their home in Kilgore, 20 miles from here.  
     The Baker automobile was driven across the Pennsylvania tracks back of one freight train and directly in front of another.  The automobile was struck squarely.
     All three of the injured were rushed to the Twin City Hospital, where Governor Hanly and the Bakers died later.
     Mr. Hanley was en route to Carrollton, where he was to have delivered an address.  He had intended spending the day with the Bakers at their home in Kilgore.
     The chief of police here has notified relatives of Mr. Hanly in Indianapolis, and it is expected that the body will be sent there.

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