Events

George R. Mather Lecture Series

  • June 1, 2014 at 2:00pm until 3:00pm

Location: The History Center, 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne IN 46802
Cost: Free and open to the public

Brad Skiles will deliver the final lecture of the season in the George R. Mather lecture series on Sunday, June 1. Skiles will speak on “Hugh McCulloch: From Cashier to Treasury Secretary”.

The lecture begins at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public at the History Center.

Skiles has done extensive research on the life of McCulloch, who worked in banking in Fort Wayne and became Treasury Secretary 37 days prior to Lincoln’s assassination. McCulloch was first on the scene after the attempt on Secretary of State William Seward’s life the same evening that Lincoln was shot and joined with others to pray for the life of the President in the house across from Ford’s Theater, where he had been taken.

McCulloch led a nearly bankrupt country into financial stability and designed the financial strategy for rebuilding the war-torn nation. He moved the country from a failed paper currency to the gold standard. He chronicled his work for three Presidents and nearly 16,000 of his original manuscripts are now owned by the Lilly Library at IU Bloomington

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