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7 June 1889 - 12 Nov. 1978

Clarence Benadum was born in Delaware County, Indiana. He ventured west for a time before returning to Delaware County and beginning his law career. Benadum was extremely active in the Muncie and Delaware County law communities throughout the remainder of his life. In his mid-forties, he published his first novel, Blackshirt (1935). The novel portrays Indiana political life in the early 1900s. Benadum did not publish his second, and final, novel until nearly twenty years later. Bates House (1951), is an historical novel set in Indiana during the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln addressed a crowd at Bates House during a trip to Washington, D.C. Benadum also wrote a prose poem titled The Trial of Bill Jones (1967).

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Bibliography
Bates House. New York: Greenberg Pub., 1951. [ISL call number: I 813 B456bh]
Blackshirt. Philadelphia: Dorrance & Co., 1935. [ISL call number: I 813 B456b]
The Trial of Bill Jones. Muncie, IN, 1967.