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Curtis Grubb Hussey, Dr.

Curtis Grubb Hussey, Dr.

Male 1802 - 1893

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  • Name  Curtis Grubb Hussey, Dr. 
    Suffix  Dr. 
    Born  11 Aug 1802  Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Apr 1893  Shadyside, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I184  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  15 Nov 2014 

    Father  Christopher Hussey,   b. 23 Jul 1767, Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1851, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Lydia Grubb,   b. 24 Sep 1775, Brandywine Hundred, New Castle, Delaware Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Aug 1847, Mount Pleasant, Jefferson, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1796 
    Family ID  F32  Group Sheet

    Family  Rebecca Updegraff,   b. 22 Apr 1814, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1896, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  17 Sep 1839  Jefferson, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced  Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Christopher Curtis Hussey,   b. 23 Oct 1840, Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1884, Enterprise, Volusia, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Anna M. Hussey,   b. 16 Jul 1843, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1871
     3. James Updegraff Hussey,   b. 28 Feb 1847, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1851, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Mary L. Hussey,   b. 23 Feb 1849, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1871, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Emma Hester Hussey,   b. 20 Jul 1852, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1907, Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  14 Oct 2013 
    Family ID  F162  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Aug 1802 - Baltimore, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Sep 1839 - Jefferson, Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1893 - Shadyside, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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    1802-1893

  • Notes 
    • Sometime about 1820 Curtis and his brother John, along with their father went out into the wilderness about a hundred miles west of Mount Pleasant on the Cronotton River. The went out and began the labor of clearing up the land.

      Two years, maybe three, were spend by them at the work, living in a log cabin and doing their own cooking. They had gotton things in fair shape to take the family out and occupy their own home.

      At this juncture Friends interfered, claiming it was not right to take the family into the backwoods, beyond the reach of the society, and especiially a great injustice to the daughters. The opposition prevailed and the move was abandoned. They continued in the same vicinity until about 1831, when they moved into Mount Pleasant, where the parents lived the remainder of their days.


      Dr. Curtis Grubb HUSSEY supposedly came from humble beginnings to become the first millionaire in Pittsburgh in the 1840's-50's. After becoming a doctor he used all his procedes to open a chain of general stores throughout Ohio and Indiana, taking pork bellies in trade, he founded a meat packing company in Pittsburgh and opened trade route between Pittsburgh and Louisianna down the Mississippi. He latter created a large copper empire controlling all aspects from mining to distribution, then was the first to successfully make steel outside of England. In his old age, he and his only son, Christopher Curtis Hussey, co-founded with four others the Homestead Steel Works which was later taken over by Carnegie to create Carnagie Steel. In 1884, shortly after the Acquisition by Carnagie in 1883, CC Hussey died of a heart attack while on a business trip to Florida.

      Dr. CG Hussey was a staunch Quaker who contibuted heavily to the causes of Womens Sufferage, Anti-Slavery and Temperance. He founded several schools for girls and womens colleges throughout the US and Mexico. One of his business partners founded the first African American college in America and was a documented leader and financier of the Underground Railroad in the Pittsburgh area.

      Copper Harbor became the nucleus of early mining activity on Lake Superior as a supply depot, gathering place and point of departure for exploring parties, miners and land speculators. Small craft enlivened its waters, and the surrounding shoreline was dotted with the tents of temporary inhabitants.

      The influx of fortune-seekers at Copper Harbor required federal supervision to maintain law and order. Early in 1843, a Mineral Land Agency was established on Porter's Island to regulate the system of exploration permits and land leases devised to prevent conflicting land claims. The agent was instructed to prevent squatters from occupying mineral lands without a government permit and was authorized to draw upon military support at distant Fort Brady, Sault Ste.Marie, to keep order.

      A former Pittsburgh druggist, John Hays, who visited the Lake Superior Copper District in 1843, secured an interest in the holdings of a Boston- based mining firm. With the financial support of other Pittsburgh businessmen, Hays and his partner, Dr. C. G. Hussey, organized the Pittsburgh and Boston Copper Harbor Mining Company in May 1844. The mining company began operations on Hays Point, at the eastern end of Copper Harbor. Three unsuccessful shafts were sunk before the company located a mass of copper one hundred yards east of Fort Wilkins. A labor force of 70 miners sank three shafts and extracted 40 tons of copper, worth $4500, before the site was abandoned as a failure.

      By 1849 mineral activity had shifted from the Copper Harbor vicinity to locations further south. Among the new sites was the Cliff Mine, discovered by John Hays, and operated by the Pittsburgh and Boston Mining company. In 1849, the Cliff became the first successful copper mine in North America, returning dividends of $10 per share to its stockholders. Ultimately, profits from the Cliff paid a 2,000 per cent return on the original investment.
    • (Research):Who's Who In American History 1963 AG. Marquis Compay, Chicago, Il. "HUSSEY, Curtis Grubb, mfr.; b. nr York, Pa., Aug. 11, 1802; s. Christopher and Lydia (Grubb) H.; m. Rebecca Updegraff, Liscensed to practice medicine, 1825; built profitable practis in Morgan County, Ind.; bought and managed many stores, Morgan County; mem Ind. Ho. of Reps., 1829; went to Pitts. 1840; organizer Pitts. & Boston Mining Co., 1842, opened 1st Lake Superior copper mine (Cliff Mine); organizer C. G. Hussey & Co. (became known as the Pitts. Copper and Rolling Mills), 1849, one of early large suppliers of Am. Copper; bought (with T. M. Howe) steel plant of Blair & Co., 1859, began manufacturing steel by "direct process"; established Sch. of Design for Women, Pitts.; founder, pres. Allegheny Observatory; trustee Western U. Pa. (now U. Pitts.), 1864-93. Died Apr 25, 1893." -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      «b»Biographical dictionary of American business leaders «/b»By John N. Ingham

      «b»HUSSEY, CURTIS GRUBB «/b»(August 11, 1802-April 25, 1893). Merchant and copper mining entrepreneur, Pittsburgh and Boston Mining Company, C. G. Hussey and Company. Born on a farm near York, Pennsylvania, son of Christopher Hussey and Lydia Grubb. Shortly after his birth his family moved to Ohio, where he attended district schools when not working on the family farm. At eighteen he entered the office of a physician at Mt. Pleasanl. Ohio, where he quickly built a lucrative practice. Within tour years he had accumulated enough capital to purchase several general stores in the territory he covered in his medical practice. The stores grew so rapidly that before long he devoted his entire time to their management, and he finally went into the business of dealing in pork, an important product in that section. Since Pittsburgh was the center through which his goods passed to the East. Hussey went there in 1840 to supervise more closely the marketing phase of his business. Two years later, when rumors of rich copper deposits in «i»the «/i»Lake Superior region spurred his interest, he sent John Hays, an associate, to make an investigation. Hays purchased for Hussey a one-sixth share in each of the first three permits to mine copper in that district. Hussey then organized the Pittsburgh and Boston Mining Company, which opened ihe first of ihe Lake Superior copper mines (the Cliff), and demon-strated that the metal was there in profitable quantities. The mine cost $110,000 and yielded profits of $2,280,000. Hussey was president of the company from 1858 to 1879. In 1849, with Thomas Marshall Howe, he organized C. G. Hussey and Company, copper manufacturer for the rolling and marketing of copper. It was later known as the Pittsburgh Copper and Brass Rolling Mills, and soon came under the sole ownership of Hussey. The firm was capitalized at $600,000; it was the earliest of its kind wesi of the Alleghenies, and one of the first in the country to supply American copper. In 1859 Hussey and Howe bought out the old steel plant of Blair and Company and began manufacturing crucible steel by the "direct process." Hussey spent much time and money to perfect this process, and his success led to its substitution for the English process both in the United States and abroad. Hussey, Howe and Company was the outcome of this enterprise. He also acted in the capacity of an advisor to mining developments in every part of the country, becoming interested himself in gold, silver, and copper prospecting in California in 1849, and in British Columbia and Mexico. He lent one million dollars to George Westinghouse* to help him get started. A Republican and a Quaker, he was the founder and first president of the Allegheny Observatory and founder of the Pittsburgh School of Design for Women. He married Rebecca Updegraff of Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1839. They had one son and three daughters. His son, Christopher Curtis Hussey (1840-1884). organized Hussey, Binns and Company, shovel manufacturers in Pittsburgh, with Edward Binns, husband of his sister, Anna M. Hussey. «i»(DAB; NCAB, «/i»33:211; «i»Who Was Who, «/i»vol. H; John W. Jordan ed., «i»Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography, «/i»vol. 6; «i»Magazine of Western History, «/i»vol. 3.)

      HISTORY OF MORGAN COUNTY INDIANA

      MOORESVILLE.

      The first house upon the present site of the town was built by Asa Bales in the fall of 1824. About the same time, Charles Wilcox, Samuel Moore, William B. Harrold and Dr. Curtis G. Hussey built houses. The latter is now a millionaire of Pittsburgh, Penn. Mr. Moore's house was a frame structure, the lumber coming from Mr. Moon's saw mill. It stood where Mr. Woodward's store now stand?. William G. Lear, Thomas Harrold, Jacob Combs, Isaac Edwards, Eli Tansey, William Cline and others, were other early residents of the little town which grew rapidly. Mr. Moore of course had the first store. In 1826, Alexander Worth & Co. opened the second store, with a stock worth about $4,000. Worth had been interested in the Salem firm of Booth & Newby, the senior member of the firm being the father of Senator Booth, of California. He had formerly been a clock peddler in the Carolinas.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Hussey Family Bible.