MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934

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Lawyer, businessman, and U.S. secretary of the treasury.

From the description of Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1799-1933 (bulk 1909-1913). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 78802204

Biographical Note

  • 1837, Nov. 22: Born near Phoenixville, Chester County, Pa.
  • 1862: A.B., Yale University, New Haven, Conn.
  • 1864: LL.B, Columbia University, New York, N.Y. Joined law firm of brother, Wayne MacVeagh, in New York
  • 1866: Abandoned law practice because of ill health and moved to Chicago, Ill., where he became a member of Whitaker, Harmon and Co., wholesale grocers Married Emily Eames
  • 1871: Business destroyed in fire in Chicago, Ill, and reestablished at a later date as Franklin MacVeagh & Company
  • 1874: President, Chicago Citizens' Association, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1880 - 1909 : Member, Board of Directors, Commercial National Bank of Chicago, Ill.
  • 1885: Appointed government director of the Union Pacific Railroad by President Grover Cleveland
  • 1894: Democratic Party nominee for United States Senate
  • 1896: Joined the Republican Party
  • 1909 - 1913 : Secretary of the treasury
  • 1925: Resumed presidency of Franklin MacVeagh & Company; retired, 1931
  • 1934, July 6: Died, Chicago, Ill.

From the guide to the Franklin MacVeagh Papers, 1799-1934, (bulk 1909-1913), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Born on November 22, 1837, in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Franklin MacVeagh was a graduate of Yale College, 1862. MacVeagh received the degree of LL.B. from Columbia University in 1864. Poor health initially kept MacVeagh from establishing a permanent practice, but he was able to serve in the Pennsylvania Militia during the Civil War. Moving to Illinois, MacVeagh established the firm of Franklin MacVeagh & Company in 1866 and served as its president, almost continuously, until 1932. He died two years later in Chicago, Illinois.

Franklin MacVeagh was born on November 22, 1837, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. from Yale in 1862. MacVeagh studied at Columbia University Law School (1862-64) and received his LL.B. in 1864. Although selected valedictorian of his law school class, a breakdown in health prevented his appearance in that role.

MacVeagh joined with Charlton T. Lewis (Yale, 1853) to form Lewis & MacVeagh, a New York City law firm. Again poor health required his withdrawal from service. He served with the Pennsylvania Militia for a time during the Civil War.

After a respite in Minnesota to alleviate health problems MacVeagh settled in Chicago, Illinois. He established the firm of Franklin MacVeagh & Company, wholesale grocers, in 1866. MacVeagh served as president of the firm from 1866-1909 and 1915-1932. An active public life in Chicago included service as first president of the Citizens Association of Chicago (1874), president of the Chicago Bureau of Charities (1896-1904), vice-president of the Civil Service Reform League of Chicago (1884-85) and the American Civic Association (1905), trustee of the University of Chicago (1901-13), member of the executive committee of the National Civic Federation, and chairman of the First International Congress of Social Insurance (1914). In addition, MacVeagh was also involved with the Municipal Art League and the Chicago Yale Association (1881-82).

In 1894 MacVeagh was nominated by the Democratic State Convention of Illinois for the office of U. S. Senator, but he was defeated in the general election. By 1896 MacVeagh had joined the Republican Party and later served the nation as secretary of the treasury (1909-13) in the administration of President William Howard Taft.

MacVeagh married Emily Sherrill Eames on October 2, 1866. They had five children. Franklin MacVeagh died July 16, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois.

From the guide to the Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1861-1925, (Manuscripts and Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1861-1925 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Walter L. Fisher papers, 1871-1963, (bulk 1909-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Benjamin Holt Ticknor Papers, 1595-1935, (bulk 1850-1920) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1799-1933 (bulk 1909-1913). Library of Congress
referencedIn Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) records, 1893-1921 Houghton Library
referencedIn United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Confederate States of America currency collection, 1858-1864 and 1913. Lawrence Public Library
creatorOf Smalley, P. J. (Palemon Jared), 1842-1912. P.J. Smalley papers, 1863-1944 (bulk 1887-1912). Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Fisher, Jack C.,. Secret Service papers regarding assassination of President William McKinley, 1900-1910. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Confederate States paper money exhibits, 1861-1864. State Historical Society of North Dakota State Archives
creatorOf Franklin MacVeagh papers, 1861-1925 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn Elizabeth Gaskell Norton and Sara Norton papers, 1867-1948 (inclusive), 1880-1946 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Autograph File, N, 1686-1975. Houghton Library
creatorOf MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Map of Holmes Island and the adjoining upland : the property of R.B. Mason Esq. Library of Congress
creatorOf Franklin MacVeagh Papers, 1799-1934, (bulk 1909-1913) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Letter : Washington, D.C., to L.C. Marshall, Chicago, 1912 June 3. University of Chicago Library
referencedIn Fisher, Walter L. (Walter Lowrie), 1862-1935. Walter L. Fisher papers, 1879-1936 (bulk 1909-1919). Library of Congress
referencedIn P. J. Smalley papers, 1863-1944 (bulk 1887-1912). Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library
referencedIn MacVeagh family. MacVeagh family papers, 1831-1950, bulk 1851-1917. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Charles Dewey Hilles papers, 1823-1955 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Kent, William, 1864-1928,. William Kent letter : Kentfield, Calif., to Franklin MacVeagh, Washington, D.C., 1911 Aug. 25. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf MacVeagh, Franklin, 1837-1934. Letter : Washington, D.C., to L.C. Marshall, Chicago, 1912 June 3. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Hilles, Charles Dewey, 1867-1949. Charles Dewey Hilles papers, 1823-1955 (inclusive). Yale University Library
referencedIn Ticknor, Benjamin Holt, 1842-1914. Papers of Benjamin Holt Ticknor, 1595-1935 (bulk 1850-1920). Library of Congress
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
correspondedWith Adams, Charles Francis, 1835-1915 person
associatedWith American Civic Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Art Institute of Chicago. corporateBody
correspondedWith Bailey, R. O. person
correspondedWith Bailey, R. O. person
correspondedWith Ballinger, Richard Achilles, 1858-1922 person
correspondedWith Bannard, Henry C. person
correspondedWith Barbour, James J. (James Joseph), b. 1869 person
associatedWith Blue, Rupert, 1868-1948. person
correspondedWith Boutell, Henry Sherman, 1856-1926 person
correspondedWith Broughton, William S., 1874-1951 person
correspondedWith Burnham, Daniel Hudson, 1846-1912 person
correspondedWith Cabell, Royal Eubank, 1878-1950 person
correspondedWith Chandler, Walter T. person
associatedWith Chicago Bureau of Charities. corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago Literary Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Civic Federation of Chicago (Ill.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940 person
associatedWith Crosby, James Henry, 1840-1925. person
correspondedWith Cullom, Shelby M. (Shelby Moore), 1829-1914 person
correspondedWith Dickinson, J. M. (Jacob McGavock), 1851-1928 person
associatedWith Eames family. family
associatedWith Eames family. family
associatedWith Farnam, William Wolcott, 1853-1933. person
associatedWith Fisher, Jack C., person
associatedWith Fisher, Walter L. (Walter Lowrie), 1862-1935. person
associatedWith Franklin MacVeagh & Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Frothingham, Francis E. person
correspondedWith Gaines, S. M. person
associatedWith Hale, William Harlan, 1910- person
correspondedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905 person
associatedWith Hilles, Charles Dewey, 1867-1949. person
correspondedWith Hitchcock, Frank H. (Frank Harris), 1867-1935 person
associatedWith Immigration Restriction League. corporateBody
associatedWith Immigration Restriction League (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Kent, William, 1864-1928, person
correspondedWith Keyes, Rollin Arthur, 1854-1925 person
associatedWith Kitchel, Cornelius Ladd, 1841-1929. person
correspondedWith Knox, Philander C. (Philander Chase), 1853-1921 person
correspondedWith Leighton, George R. person
correspondedWith Leighton, George R. person
correspondedWith Lumholtz, Carl, 1851-1922 person
correspondedWith Lynch, Thomas S. person
correspondedWith Lynch, Thomas S. person
associatedWith MacVeagh, Eames. person
correspondedWith MacVeagh, Eames, 1871- person
correspondedWith MacVeagh, Eames, b. 1871 person
correspondedWith MacVeagh, Emily Eames person
associatedWith MacVeagh family. family
associatedWith MacVeagh family. family
correspondedWith MacVeagh, Wayne, 1833-1917 person
correspondedWith Maher, George Washington, 1864-1926 person
associatedWith Marshall, Leon C. (Leon Carroll), 1879-1966. person
associatedWith McClung, Lee. person
correspondedWith McClung, Lee, 1870-1914 person
associatedWith McVey family. family
associatedWith McVey family. family
correspondedWith Miller, Charles H. person
correspondedWith Miller, Charles H. person
correspondedWith Montgomery, Charles P. person
associatedWith Municipal Art League of Chicago. corporateBody
correspondedWith Murray, Lawrence O., 1864-1926 person
correspondedWith Nagel, Charles, 1849-1940 person
associatedWith National Civic Federation. corporateBody
associatedWith National Civil Service Reform League (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Norton, Charles Dyer, 1871-1922 person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Norton, Elizabeth Gaskell, 1866- person
correspondedWith Pumpelly family family
correspondedWith Pumpelly family family
correspondedWith Reid, Whitelaw, 1837-1912 person
correspondedWith Scidmore, Eliza Ruhamah, 1856-1928 person
associatedWith Smalley, P. J. (Palemon Jared), 1842-1912. person
correspondedWith Stimson, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1867-1950 person
associatedWith Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930. person
associatedWith Ticknor, Benjamin Holt, 1842-1914. person
associatedWith United States. Bureau of Engraving and Printing. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Commission on Economy and Efficiency. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Department of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Treasury. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Office of the Secretary. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Internal Revenue Service. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. President's Commission on Economy and Efficiency. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Public Health Service. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Tariff Board. corporateBody
associatedWith U.S. Customs Service. corporateBody
associatedWith Western Economic Society (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Wickersham, George W. (George Woodward), 1858-1936 person
correspondedWith Wood, Leonard, 1860-1927 person
associatedWith Yale University corporateBody
associatedWith Yale University. Class of 1862. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Illinois--Chicago
Illinois--United States
Chicago (Ill.)
Chicago (Ill.)
United States
Subject
Money--United States
Money
Patronage, Political--United States
Tariff
Art patronage--Illinois--Chicago
Public health
Finance, Public--United States--Accounting
Finance, Public--Accounting
Patronage, Political
Anthracite Coal Strike, Pa., 1902
Civic improvement--Illinois--Chicago
Grocery trade
Elections--United States--1896
Civil service
Banks and banking--Illinois--Chicago
Banks and banking
Tariff--United States
Art patronage
Civil service--United States
Strikes and lockouts--Coal mining--Pennsylvania
Silver question
Grocery trade--Illinois--Chicago
Civic improvement
Elections
Public health--United States
Occupation
Cabinet officers
Businessmen
Lawyers
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Birth 1837-11-22

Death 1934-07-06

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