The General Lew Wallace Study & Museum’s Dr. Howard Miller Lecture Series resumes for 2019 with a talk by Marian University professor Dr. Jamey Norton. Dr. Norton’s lecture “Lew Wallace's Career as a Criminal Lawyer” will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in the Carriage House Interpretive Center.
This lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. As a result, RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information call Larry Paarlberg at 765-362-5769 or email study@ben-hur.com.
Lew Wallace passed the bar exam in the late 1840s and immediately began his legal career. It was not a career that he particularly enjoyed. He once referred to the practice of law as the most odious of professions. In spite of this, he practiced law successfully for many years and had a number of partners during his career.
Wallace moved his practice from Indianapolis to Covington in 1849. He was elected to the job of Prosecuting Attorney twice in the four years that he lived in Covington. By 1853, Wallace had moved his family and his practice to Crawfordsville in a small wooden building on Pike Street.
Jamey Norton, Professor of English at Marian University, specializes in Romantic, Victorian, and Modern British literature. He also teaches in Humanities and Honors programs, and the First Year Experience project in which he oversees academic curriculum. Since 2006 he has served as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. He holds a bachelor's degree in History from Asbury College, an MA in English from the University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. in British Literature from Indiana University, Bloomington. Dr. Norton lives in Crawfordsville.