(July 27, 1822-Feb. 23, 1847). Trustin B. Kinder was born on his family’s farm near the new state capital, Indianapolis. He was educated locally, read law, and was admitted to the bar in 1845. Kinder practiced his trade in Paoli, Indiana, prior to volunteering for military duty during the Mexican War.

Commissioned a captain of Company B, 2nd  Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Kinder died in action at the Battle of Buena Vista. Upon learning of his son’s death, the captain’s father, despite his advanced years, made a hazardous journey to Mexico to bring his son’s remains back to Indianapolis for burial. 

Kinder’s body lay in state in the Capitol rotunda, and on July 12, 1847, was the object of what observers reported was the largest funeral in the city to that time and for years afterward. After an initial burial in City Cemetery, where members of his company laid him to rest with full military honors, Kinder’s mother reinterred his body at Crown Hill Cemetery in October 1864.

Revised March 2021

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