Jul. 25, 1919 Cudahy Milwaukee County Wisconsin, USA
Meat Packer & City Founder. Patrick Cudahy was born in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, of 1849. When he was three months old, his family moved to America, to Milwaukee Wisconsin. After working for Philip Armour and John Plankinton at their meat packing plant in Chicago, he was given one-sixteenth of the business in 1874. Four years later, Patrick and his brother John acquired the interest of the firm when Plankington retired. In 1892, the brothers moved the business to Wisconsin, building the “Cudahy Brothers” meat packing plant on 700 acres of land Patrick purchased directly south of the City of Milwaukee. He convinced the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad, which ran through his land, to build a depot by the plant to provide service for its workers. The depot was named "Cudahy" in honor of Patrick. Soon a town built up around it becoming the City of Cudahy in 1906. Patrick often donated land to churches and sold it at a lower-than-market price to schools and parks to help the people of his town. The Cudahy depot, built in 1892, still stands today, and was designated a Milwaukee County Registered Landmark in 1983. Patrick Cudahy was married to Anna Cudahy. They had nine children. After Patrick’s death in 1919, his son Michael became president of Cudahy Brothers Company, continuing the family business. Patrick Cudahy died on July 25, 1919. He was interred in Calvary Cemetery, Milwaukee, then Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.