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Who is Mitch Daniels?

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November 29, 2010 6:18PM

Mitch Daniels is the governor of Indiana. He is currently in his second term as governor, having been re-elected in 2008.

Mitchell Elias DANIELS, Jr. was born 7 Apr 1949 in Monongahela Pennsylvania, the son of Mitchell Elias DANIELS, Sr. and Dorothy Mae "Dottie" WILKES. His father worked for Pitman-Moore Pharmaceutical Company and later, Dow Chemical Company as director of International Pharmaceutical Licensing Operations. His parents moved to Indianapolis in 1958, where Mitch attended high school. He received a Bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

His grandfather, Elias Eassa "Louis" DANIELS, was born Elias Ibn Esem (or, more likely, Ibn Assa), near Homs, Syria (near the present border with Lebanon). He immigrated to the United States in 1904 and, with his cousin, John DANIELS, settled in Monessen, Pennsylvania. He probably found it easier to anglicize his cousin's patronym, "Ibn Daniel", to DANIELS.