Attorneys play an important role in the United States Justice System, and Indiana has no shortage of attorneys. It’s important though to recognize the first of everything, and attorneys are no different. Daniel Stanard was the the first attorney in Indiana.
Mr. Stanard was born in 1784 and was a native of Vermont and moved to Indiana in 1807. His first task was serving as clerk to the County Commissioners from 1808 until 1810 and again in 1816. Mr. Stanard was antislavery and demonstrated his views by loaning money to Dr. Robert Mitchell who was on trial in Federal Court for “harboring” fugitive slaves. Mr. Stanard was also a supporter of education and was named a trustee of the Indiana Academy in 1814 along with a school inspector of Washington Township in 1835. He was also named as a trustee in 1838 of the Indiana Free Seminary. Mr. Stanard retired from legal practice in 1836. Daniel Stanard died in 1867. Today we have reminders of the first resident attorney by Stanard Avenue in Indiana being named for Daniel Stanard.