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Patrick Cudahy
Patrick Cudahy Jr.

(1849-03-17)March 17, 1849
DiedJuly 25, 1919(1919-07-25) (aged 70)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Burial placeCalvary Cemetery
SpouseAnna Cudahy
ChildrenJohn Cudahy
Michael Cudahy
ParentPatrick Cudahy Sr.
RelativesMichael Cudahy (brother)
Edward Cudahy Sr. (brother)
Edward Cudahy Jr. (nephew)
Catarine Sullivan Cudahy (sister-in-law)
Statue in Sheridan Park

Patrick Cudahy Jr. (/ˈkʌdəh/); March 17, 1849 – July 25, 1919) was an American industrialist in the meat packing business and a patriarch of the Cudahy family.


Cudahy was born on St. Patrick's Day in Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland.[1][2][3] A few months after he was born, his family emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked his way up at the Plankinton and Armour meat packing plant in the Menomonee Valley, becoming the superintendent in 1874. In 1888, the owner, John Plankinton, transferred the company to Patrick and his brother, John. The company became known as Cudahy Brothers.[4][5][6]

In 1892, Cudahy moved the company to a 700-acre (2.8 km²) plot of land south of Milwaukee which he and his brother John bought for the purpose. This land was in the former Town of Lake, which is now divided between the municipalities of Milwaukee, St. Francis, and Cudahy.

Cudahy "had a bittersweet relationship with the village of Cudahy" in part because he supported temperance and "fought against liquor". He "argued with the Cudahy Common Council about the spread of taverns in the village", although he also worked to assist business development and the construction of a new library. He said, "It is a source of satisfaction to me to look over those 25 years and see what has been accomplished, but I would feel much better if there were not the antagonistic spirit in Cudahy which seems to prevail to a great extent among its citizens."[7]

Cudahy died in Milwaukee on July 25, 1919, and was interred in his family mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery.[8][9]


Patrick Cudahy Sr., father

  • Michael Cudahy (1841–1910), brother (president of Armour-Cudahy company, co-founder of the Cudahy Packing Company and the city of Cudahy, California
  • John Cudahy (1843–1915), brother (silent partner of Patrick Jr. in the meat packing plants of Milwaukee, Chicago and Louisville)
  • Patrick Cudahy Jr. (1849–1919)
    • Michael Francis Cudahy (1886–1970), son (president of Patrick Cudahy, Inc. from 1919 onwards)
    • John Clarence Cudahy (1887–1943), son (lawyer, real estate broker, and U.S. ambassador to Poland, Ireland and Belgium)
    • Helen Cudahy (1890/1891–1917), daughter, committed suicide by leaping from a ship into the ocean[10]
  • Edward Aloysius Cudahy Sr. (1860–1941), brother, co-founder of the Cudahy Packing Company


  1. ^ "Cudahy, Patrick 1849 – 1919". Wisconsin Historical Society. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
  2. ^ "Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Catalogue" Archived July 3, 2008, at the Wayback Machine – North American International Livestock Exposition – (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document)
  3. ^ Sherman, Jeff. "Milwaukee Talks: Michael Cudahy" – OnMilwaukee.com – August 28, 2002
  4. ^ Cudahy Brothers Co. Letterhead. Wisconsin Historical Society.
  5. ^ "Caught in the Middle: The Seizure and Occupation of the Cudahy Brothers Company, 1944-1945". Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 78, no. 3 (Spring, 1995): 200-218.
  6. ^ Cudahy Brothers. Encyclopedia of Milwaukee.
  7. ^ Patrick Cudahy and Michael F. Cudahy WISCONSIN MEAT INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME University of Wisconsin-Madison
  8. ^ "Patrick Cudahy, Packer, is Dead". The New York Times. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. July 26, 1919. p. 9. Retrieved February 24, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Patrick Cudahy Funeral is Held at Milwaukee". Oshkosh Northwestern. Milwaukee. United Press. July 29, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved February 24, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "American Girl, Fearing U-boats, Kills Herself", Reading Eagle, October 27, 1917, p. 1. Retrieved July 26, 2015.

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