Hannibal K Sloan
The son of James M. Sloan of Indiana County, the Hon. Hannibal K. Sloan was born September 4, 1838. Attended public schools, the Indiana Academy, and read law with the Hon. H.W. Weir. Unfortunately, Hannibal put aside further training to enlist in Company B, 11th Reserves at the outset of the Civil War. He rose through ranks (1861-1864), from 2nd Lt. to Bvt. Major of U.S. Volunteers. He resumed legal studies after the war; was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1867; and continued a successful practice until his death. A Democrat, Sloan was elected to the state House of Representatives in 1871, and in 1888, despite Indiana’s sizable Republican majority, was selected as the 37th District state senator. At the time of his death, Senator Sloan represented Indiana’s choice for Congress; and had he lived, would have surely carried the election. Sloan was the Chief Marshall of the Indiana Fire Association; the Union Veteran Legion; the Loyal Legion; president of the Soldiers Organization of Indiana County; various fraternal organizations; a Mason; and a respected friend of Judge Harry White. He passed away on August 10, 1894; interred at the Blairsville Catholic cemetery next to his wife, who preceded his death by three years.