Born James Danforth in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 4, 1947 to James and Martha and James Danforth, Dan was an only child. Being the grandson of a wealthy newspaper publisher, he moved when he was eight years old to Arizona so that his father could manage one of the branches of the company business. They moved back to Indiana when Dan started high school and he graduated from Huntington High in 1965.
He enrolled at DePauw University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Sciences. He then returned to Indiana and served in the National Guard while attending law school at Indiana University. He earned his law degree in 1974, and met his future wife, Marilyn. Read the rest of this entry »