Patrick Cudahy Jr.
March 17, 1849
|Died||September 25, 1919(aged 70)|
|Parent(s)||Patrick Cudahy Sr.|
|Relatives||Michael Cudahy (brother)|
Michael Cudahy (grandson)
Robert J. Beck (great-great-grandson)
Edward Cudahy Sr. (brother)
Edward Cudahy Jr. (nephew)
Catarine Sullivan Cudahy (sister-in-law)
Cudahy was born on St. Patrick's Day in Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland. A few months after he was born, his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked his way up at the Plankinton and Armour meat packing plant in the Menomonee River 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.
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."
Patrick Cudahy is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Patrick Cudahy's family includes:
Patrick Cudahy Sr., father
- Michael Cudahy (1841-1910), brother (president of Armour-Cudahy company, co-founder of Cudahy Packing Company (Omaha), and the city of Cudahy, California
- John Cudahy (1843-1915), brother (silent partner of Patrick Jr. in the meat packing plants, Milwaukee and Chicago; Louisville)
- Patrick Cudahy Jr. (1849-1919), self
- Michael Francis Cudahy (1886-), 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 (1890/1-1917), daughter, committed suicide by leaping from a ship into the ocean
- Edward Aloysius Cudahy Sr. (1860-1941), brother, co-founder Cudahy Packing Company (Omaha)
- Edward Aloysius Cudahy Jr. (1884-1961), nephew
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