Washington Charles DEPAUW

Washington Charles DEPAUW

Male 1822 - 1887  (65 years)

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  • Name Washington Charles DEPAUW 
    Born 4 Jan 1822  Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 5 May 1887  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Salem Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Throughout his lifetime, Washington amassed a fortune by investing in ventures such as grain, steel and glass. At one time, he was considered the wealthiest man in Indiana. In 1881 he made provisions to establish a university after his death. During the same time period Asbury College, located in Greencastle, Indiana, was in need of funds and decided to approach DePauw about donating to the college. The school and DePauw came to an agreement which resulted in changing the name of Asbury College to DePauw.

      From THE WHO-WHEN-WHAT BOOK, containing five hundred carefully prepared biographical sketches of the world's most famous and notable men and women--those most eminent in literature, philanthropy, statesmanship, science, music, art, war, invention, exploration, and those most renowned as rulers; also one hundred distinguished Indianians. Chicago, Ill.: The Who-When-What Company, 1900. (Copyright, 1900, by W. M. Knox). 2nd ed.

      PART I
      Distinguished Indianians
      page XIV

      WASHINGTON C. DE PAUW.
      Stood among the foremost men of Indiana. His lineage is traced to the original family seat at the old town of Pau, in the southwest of France, where the chieftain built his castle before 1221. Thence the family passed to Flanders and Holland. Michael DePauw came to America as a director of the Dutch West India Company, in 1631. General John DePauw settled at Salem, Territory of Indiana, and became one of the founders of the commonwealth, as member of the first Constitutional Convention, lawmaker for several terms, and public-spirited citizen. Washington C. DePauw, son of the general, was born at Salem, January 4, 1822, and accustomed in boyhood to activity in productive industry. He saved his money, bought and operated flour mills and saw mills; established a bank at Salem, another at New Albany; re-established and managed iron mills, operated woolen mills and started plate glass works at New Albany; was the first manufacturer of plate glass in the United States, and broke the monopoly of the market enjoyed by France, England and Belgium. Mr. DePauw endowed Indiana Asbury University with a gift of half a million dollars, and the trustees changed its name to DePauw University. He died May 4, 1887.

      From The Republican Leader, May 13, 1887:
      Washington Charles DePauw was born in Salem, Indiana, Jan 4 1822 and as noticed columns last week, died at the Palmer House in Chicago Thursday May 5th at 11:00 am in the 65th year of his age. He leaves a wife, two daughters and two sons, Mrs. Ella McIntosh of this place, Newland T. DePauw, Charles W. Depauw and Florence DePauw, the 15-year-old, and only surviving child of his present wife, and one sister Mrs. Malinda Keyes, of Salem, who still resides in the old family mansion on the hill in which W. C. DePauw first saw light, and from which their aged mother, Elizabeth DePauw, a devoted Christian and one of the earliest members of the Baptist Church in this place passed to her heavenly home. In Mr. DePauw's death the city of New Albany has suffered a great loss, twelve thousand people in that city were directly interested and their daily bread depended upon the success of his enterprises. Mr. DePauw was a kind and loving father and above all a benevolent, devoted Christian man, a trait not always found among the wealthy men of our country. His wealth has been estimated all the way from $3,000,000 to $8,000,000 but is generall believed to be about $4,000,000, of this a large part will go to the university bearing his name at Greencastle. The funeral cortege at New Albany, Monday, was viewed by 15,0000 people, all the working men in his great mills and factories turning out in a body to show their last respects to this great man.

      A meeting of the citizens was held at the M.E. Church Sunday afternoon last to take appropriate action on the death of Hon. W. C. DePauw. On motion of D. M. Alspaugh, Rev. L. F. Cain was chosen Chairman and J. A. Kemp, Secretary. After remarks by those present on the life and charachter of Mr. DePauw a committee was appointed to draft an address, which was presented at an adjourned meeting at 9 o'clock am Monday and unanimously adopted: To the family of the late Hon. W. C. DePauw:
      "We in behalf of the citizens of Salem, hereby tender to you our profoundest sympathies and most sincere condolence in this your hour of saddest trial. We as citizens of his native town do most cheerfully and freely bear testimony to the purity and great worth of the character he builded for himself during his residence of near forty years among us. He is known and remembered by us as a kind and indulgent husband and father, a good neighbor, a faithful public servant, a benevolent man, a public benfactor, and finally a Christian. We have watched him and taken great pride in his progress toward wealth and fame since he left us and took up his abode in another city; and now that it has pleased God to call him home, we feel it is a duty as well as a pleasure to give this evidence of our esteem for the life and character of deceased, and to say that his memory will always be cherished by the people of this, the place of his nativity."
      Signed D.M. Alspaugh, George W. Telle, Chas. Hancock, Thos. Robinson, Wm. H. Ward, J. J. Hardin, and J. A. Kemp
    Person ID I9232  My Family Tree | Wade Side
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2009 

    Father General John DEPAUW,   b. 11 Mar 1785, Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1838, Grand Gulf, Claiborne County, Mississippi, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth BAPTISTE,   b. 26 Jan 1786, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Dec 1878, Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 5 Jul 1850  Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3044  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah Ellen MALOTT,   d. 26 Dec 1851, Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 24 Feb 1846  Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ella DEPAUW
     2. Charles W. DEPAUW
     3. Newland T. DEPAUW,   b. 5 Sep 1856, Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1913, Haymarket, Prince William County, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F3173  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Katherine "Kate" NEWLAND,   b. 3 May 1836,   d. 25 Aug 1864, Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 18 Nov 1855  Washington County, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Florence DEPAUW
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F3174  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Jan 1822 - Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 24 Feb 1846 - Washington County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 18 Nov 1855 - Washington County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 May 1887 - Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Salem Crown Hill Cemetery, Salem, Washington County, Indiana, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Washington C. DePauw sketch and signature
    Washington C. DePauw sketch and signature

    Headstones
    Charles DePauw, Washington Charles DePauw, and Gen. John DePauw
    Charles DePauw, Washington Charles DePauw, and Gen. John DePauw
    Washington is the grandson of Charles and the son of John DePauw.

    Histories
    Old DePauw Portraits Found
    Old DePauw Portraits Found
    The Indianapolis News Saturday, May 7, 1921
    Washington C. DePauw Biography
    Washington C. DePauw Biography
    From the National Cyclopedia of American Biography, Volume VII