Charles McMicken was born November 23,1782 at Warwick, PA, USA and died March 30,1858 at Cincinatti, Ohio, USA.  He was the son of  Charles McMicken (1747-1822) and Mary Fusil.  Charles McMicken did not marry.



A quiet, reserved man who kept his affairs to himself, McMicken confided in no one the extent of his business holdings. He remained single and lived in Cincinnati part of the year, sharing his home with his nephew Andrew,  and his family. Winters he spent in New Orleans and the summers at eastern resorts. He had numerous philanthropic interests that he quietly supported. In March 1858, about 10 days after he returned to Cincinnati from New Orleans, he became ill with a violent chill which developed into pneumonia and led to his death at 75. He was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery; the funeral notice in the newspaper indicated his estate was valued at more than $1 million back in 1858.  McMicken's will, carefully prepared in 39 sections, disclosed the central focus of his life: his strong desire to ensure that young people have the opportunity to benefit from a quality college education. He left the bulk of his estate to the city of Cincinnati, in trust forever, to establish an educational institution.  McMicken Lake in Ohio is named in his honor.





Records of R G McMicking Collection

records of R McMicken  (Email to Reg McMicking)

Ref: Last Will Notice

Document: Biographical Sketch

Document Image: Cemetery Monument




Charles McMicken

date unknown

credit: T Meighan

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