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John Caven (b. 12 April, 1824, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, d. 9 March, 1905) was an Indiana politician and Freemason. He was the 9th and 12th mayor of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana as well as an Indiana state senator. [1] [2] [3] Caven was born in Pennsylvania from Scotch-Irish and English American parents.[3] He moved to Indianapolis in 1845, began law studies two years later and opened a practice. In May 1963, Caven, running as a Republican was elected mayor without opposition and won a second term in 1865.[1] Caven then served two terms in the Indiana Senate (1969-1973) before mayor of Indianapolis for three consecutive terms (1875-1881).[1] He won a third term as a state senator in 1887.[2] Caven was never married.

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