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EIGHMEY, Charles H.

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Charles H. Eighmey
Eighmey marker in Linwood Cemetery

EIGHMEY, Charles H. (Greenfield, NY, Nov. 28, 1834--Dubuque, IA, Aug. 28, 1921). In 1850 Eighmey came to Dubuque with his parents. Educated as an attorney in the law office of ex-Governor Stephen HEMPSTEAD, Eighmey practiced law in Dubuque from 1860 to 1870 as an associate of Judge D. N. COOLEY. During the CIVIL WAR, Eighmey had the particularly disliked job of local tax collector. (1)

One of the original directors of FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF DUBUQUE, Eighmey became the bank's cashier in 1870 and later vice-president. He became president of the bank in 1890 and held the position for twenty-five years. In addition to his interest in banking, Eighmey was a stockholder in the NOVELTY IRON WORKS and the DUBUQUE COUNTY BANK and served as president of the NORWEGIAN PLOW COMPANY, WESTPHAL AND HINDS, and the Board of Trade. Eighmey was also the treasurer of the DUBUQUE AND WESTERN RAILROAD. (2)


Eighmey boosted the political fortunes of William Boyd ALLISON by writing highly favorable articles for the press when the latter chose to run for public office.

Eighmey was a partner in the development of the DUNCAN-WALLER OPERA HOUSE and was a principal in the DUBUQUE OPERA HOUSE COMPANY. He was also an original stockholder and later served as president of the LINWOOD CEMETERY Association. His daughter left $12,000 in her will for the grand columns bearing his name at the cemetery's entrance. The gateway was dedicated on May 30, 1948. (3)



1 Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 131

2. Electrical Review, Vol. 43, McGraw Hill Publishing Company, 1903, p. 102. Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=f4sfAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA102&lpg=PA102&dq=Charles+Eighmey+%28dubuque%29&source=bl&ots=a2rMeV8-pJ&sig=j3Vx_cgB00ValPm9SQCpw8r-d1g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZX0SU4zVOLLlyAHLnoGYBg&ved=0CDwQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Charles%20Eighmey%20%28dubuque%29&f=false

3. "Memorial to Eighmey Will Be Dedicated," The Telegraph-Herald, May 30, 1948, p. 30