|Birth: ||Feb. 4, 1908|
|Death: ||Jun. 11, 1988|
From 1965 to 1969, Josephine Branigin was first lady of Indiana. Both she and Gov. Roger Branigin were graduated from Franklin College. From supporting the library to cheering on student athletes, the Branigins were loyal to their alma mater throughout their lives. Mr. Branigin served on the college's board of trustees. Together the couple made significant donations to B.F. Hamilton Library, and the greenhouse adjacent to Barnes Hall was a gift from the Branigins in honor of her parents. Following her husband's death, Mrs. Branigin helped to establish the Branigin Chair in History at the college.
The Branigins were members of the First Baptist Church in Franklin. A resident of Lafayette, Mrs. Branigin also volunteered with that city's Home Hospital and with the Tippecanoe County Historical Society. She was a friend and advisor to the college's leaders until her death in 1988.
On Feb. 11, 1965, Indiana's first lady, Josephine Branigin (second from left), wife of Gov. Roger Branigin, posed with three former governor's wives and the lieutenant governor's wife at a Valentine's Day luncheon she was hosting at the governor's mansion. Shown from left to right are Mrs. Harry Leslie (Martha), Mrs. Branigin, Mrs. Henry F. Schricker (Maude), Mrs. Harold W. Handley (Barbara), and Mrs. Robert Rock (Mary Jo). Robert Rock was lieutenant governor. Mary Jo Rock is the only one still living. She lives with her husband on a farm outside of Anderson. At the time of this picture, the mansion was at 4343 N. Meridian Street. Today, the governor's mansion is at 4750 N. Meridian St. and is currently undergoing renovations.
Joseph R Mardis (1879 - 1948)
Minnie S Eschmeyer Mardis (1882 - 1926)
Roger D. Branigin (1931 - 2002)*
Robert Mardis Branigin (1934 - 1987)*
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Originally Created by: JLM
Record added: Oct 22, 2006
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