McCulloch House – Est. 1843

By: kmom14

Apr 04 2014

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Category: Fort Wayne

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This is a historical mansion/landmark in our fair city of Fort Wayne as it was home to U. S. Secretary of Treasury Hugh McCulloch.

From a plaque that appears in front of the house:

“The Hugh McCulloch House was built in 1843 from a design by architect Henry Williams.  A native of Kennebunk, Maine and a Boston-trained lawyer,  Hugh McCulloch came to the pioneer village of Fort Wayne in 1883 with a letter of recommendation from Daniel Webster.    He became a judge of the Probate Court in 1834 and in 1835 he was named Cashier and Branch Manager of the newly formed State Bank of Indiana.

McCulloch married Susan Man in 1838.  A native of Plattsburg, New York, Susan Man was one of the first school teachers in Fort Wayne, having come at age 18 to this small community by canal boat, lake steamer and pirogue.

In 1863 the Secretary of Treasury, Salmon P. Chase called on McCulloch to accept the new position of Comptroller of Currency.   It was from this assignment McCulloch launched the national banking system.  Two years later in 1865, President Lincoln named him to be Secretary of the Treasury, a position that he also held in the administrations of Johnson and McArthur.  He was the last person to whom President Lincoln wrote before the assassination and was at the president’s  bedside when he died.

McCullough served as the United States Ambassador to Great Britain before he died in 1895”.

While it looks huge from the front, we drove around it and the sides are about long as the front is wide; it is humongous.   We didn’t linger too long because it looks like it might be privately owned.

I know I am getting old when my first thought was it probably cost a lot to heat, then followed instead of it  looked like it would be a great place to host a big party.

It is located at 616 W. Superior in Fort Wayne,

 

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