Alvan V. Burch, Sr. papers
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In 1921 Indiana Gov. Warren T. McCray appointed him to a six year term as vicechairman of Indiana's first highway commission, later becoming chairman. The commission created Routes 50 and 40 (the National Road), and he envisioned Highway 41, which later connected Michigan to Florida. He was instrumental in getting a bridge across the Ohio River, authorized by both Indiana and Kentucky. Congress authorized it to be a publicly owned bridge, paid for by taxes. He was elected state auditor as a Republican and served from 1944-1948. He also served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Indiana in 1944. He ran unsuccessfully as mayor of Evansville, governor of Indiana and for Congress.
He was a member of many organizations, including the Elks, Moose, Masons, Shriners, and Downtown Kiwanis which helped organize the Evansville Association of the Blind, and he was the only male member of the Service Star Legion.
He apparently often gave his birthday year as much as five years younger.
He had three sons, Harold and Gerald, twins, and Alvan Jr., all of whom were executives in the Burch Plow Company. Their mother was Violet Hadley, whom he married on November 6, 1907. His second wife was Janet Beckhan, third wife was Velma Bohier. He was survived by all three women when he died on November 21, 1973.
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"Burch, A.V." (1973, Nov. 21). Evansville Press. p. 1, cols. 1-4 and p.5, cols. 3-5
"Burch, A. V., Sr.". Local History Database. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://local.evpl.org
"Burch, Alvan." 1920 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://archives.ancestry.com
"Burch, Alvan V." Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://archives.ancestry.com
"Burch, Alvan V. Political Graveyard Index of Politicians. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://politicalgrayard.com/bio/burch.html and http://politicalgrayard.com/geo/IN/ofc/aud.html
"Burch, Alvan Vernon." Browning People Study Notecard. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://local.evpl.org
"Burch, Alvin." 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://archives.ancestry.com
"Burch, Alvin V.". 1940 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/05/12. http://archives.ancestry.com
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