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Carl Fisher papers

 Collection — Folder: S465
Identifier: S0465

Scope and Contents

This collection includes carbon copies of a typed copy of a speech by Dean Byus in Indiana on 2014/04/01 regarding the Prest-O-Lite Company and Carl Fisher.


  • 1954


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Carl Graham Fisher was born January 12, 1874 in Greensburg Indiana, to Albert H. and Ida Graham Fisher; he was one of at least three children. He quit school at the age of 12 to help his mother sell candy. He was 50 percent blind. He became a champion bicycle racer and stuntman in his teens. He set a world automotive speed record of 2 miles in 2:02 minutes in 1904. He was instrumental in the founding of the Prest-O-Lite Storage Battery Company (in 1904) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (in 1909).

He married Jane Watt (age 15) on October 23, 1909 in Marion County, and they lived on their estate, Blossom Heath, until 1922. It is now a part of Marian College, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He and Jane built a new mansion in Florida, where he promoted development of Miami Beach and the Dixie highway. They divorced in Paris in July, 1926 and he married Margaret Collier in 1927. He also developed real estate in Long Island, New York. He died July 15, 1939 in Florida and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana.

"Fisher, C.". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2014/12/15.

"Fisher, Carl". Indianapolis Star 16 July 1939 (A1, A6). Print.

"Fisher, Carl". Indiana Biography Index (pre 1990). Retrieved 2014/12/15.

"Fisher, Carl". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/12/15.

"Fisher, Carl G.". Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941. Retrieved 2014/12/15.

Greiff, Glory-June. (1994). "Fisher, Carl Graham". In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp.572-573). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Frances Hoss on 1954/04/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2014/12/15 by Edythe Huffman.


Carl Fisher papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.