Vincennes , IN | Certificate of Distinction: 1974
All segments of the economy benefit when governmental leadership operates in a fair minded, dedicated manner. Just such was the case with Matthew E. Welsh of Vincennes and Indianapolis, former governor of Indiana.
Governor Welsh has a long and distinguished career in public service beginning before World War II as a member of the General Assembly. He served in the Navy in that war, then returned to the Legislature as a member of the Senate representing Knox and Daviess counties. He was minority leader of the Senate for two terms. He co-authored legislation to broaden the base for tax assessments for land used for non-agricultural purposes.
Matthew Welsh served as governor of Indiana from 1961 till 1965, and showed understanding and support of agriculture as a major part of our economy. He was instrumental in eliminating political patronage from the Office of the State Veterinarian, and from the State Soil and Water Conservation Committee. Likewise, he placed the Department of Natural Resources on a merit system. Governor Welsh was a loyal and enthusiastic fan of the Indiana State Fair, and was active in its operation.
He gave aggressive leadership to the School reorganization Commission an action
that was extremely important to many rural communities. He also led a revision of the tax distribution statutes to the advantage of both local schools and the state universities. The Indiana Vocational Technical School was initiated during Welsh's Reign.
Welsh is an active Churchman, and is a member of the board of the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. He is a member and former chairman of the board of Vincennes University.
Governor Welsh, we salute you for a life so rich in public service, and so devoted to the great state of Indiana.