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COL Charles Goodrich Hammond

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COL Charles Goodrich Hammond

  • Birth 4 Jun 1804 Bolton, Tolland County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1884 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Section D, lot 445
  • Memorial ID 101896718

Colonel C. G. Hammond died instantly on April 15, 1884 while conversing pleasantly with friends at the store of Marshall, Field and Company in Chicago, where he waited for his daughter.
His associate in the Chicago Burlington & Quincy railroad, Mr. A. N. Towne said, " In reviewing the record of Col. Hammond, I am paying but a just tribute to his memory, when I declare that he was one of the most successful railroad managers of his time. His death closes an honorable, useful and blameless life. A life whose every example is worthy of emulation and whose every lesson should afford encouragement to every honorable ambition".

1839 elected to the Michigan Legislation and served in the judiciary committee.
1843 appointed Auditor General by Governor Barry of the State of Michigan
1845 was appointed Collector of the Port of Detroit.
1852 was made the manager of freight traffic for the Michigan Central Railroad.
1855 appointed Superintendent of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad. He was instrumental in hiring my 2nd Great Grandfather, David T. Nichols, as the first agent for the C. B. & Q. railroad in Wyanet, Bureau County, Illinois in 1855.
1867 resigned from the C. B. & Q. railroad due to failing health.
Returned in 1869 after a long vacation to accept the position as General Superintendent of the Union Pacific Railroad.
1870 accepted the position of Vice President of the Pullman Palace Car Company. A position he held until his death in 1884.
He also held various uncompensated civil positions while employed. In 1870 he was appointed by Mayor R. B. Mason of Chicago to the Board of Directors of the House of Corrections. The same position was bestowed to him by Mayor Monroe Heath in 1877.
After the great Chicago fire of 1871 he was appointed Director and held a position on the Executive Board of the Chicago Relief and Aid Society, which he held for ten years.
Another one of his civil duties was requested by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1869 to be the U.S. Commissioner of Indian Affairs, a term he only held for three months due to his health.
He was very involved in the New England Congregational Church, which was founded in 1853 at the corner of Indiana and State streets in Chicago.
Was one of the founders of the New West Education Commission, a Christian organization. He also was a staunch supporter of the Chicago Theological Seminary. Col Hammond through his own expense supplied the money and materials to build a new Library for the Seminary. A cornerstone was laid on April 27, 1882 and an impressive service was conducted by the Rev. Truman M Post of St. Louis. The library was very well received and boasts a large reading room with a reference library of 3500 volumes and a general library of 40,000 books. The cost at that time was $240,000.


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  • Created by: Tom Jacobs
  • Added: 8 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101896718
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for COL Charles Goodrich Hammond (4 Jun 1804–15 Apr 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101896718, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Tom Jacobs (contributor 47386400) .