Hoosier Dusty Files - December 16, 1811 - William Henry Harrison Vetoes Bill to Make Madison Territorial Capitol
|A Year of Indiana History - 2016|
The Territorial Assembly of the Indiana Territory attempted to move the capital from Vincennes to other places several times. Indiana Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison had always opposed the move. Most members of the Assembly wanted to move it elsewhere, but were undecided upon the best location. Madison, established in 1806 on the Ohio River, had already become an important town. The population also wanted the capital moved there for the increased prestige and real estate prices such a status would confer. The Assembly, led by Madison's Assembly representative William McFarland, passed a bill in December 1811 moving the capital from Vincennes to Madison. Territorial Governor William Henry Harrison vetoed the bill on December 16, 1811.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016