Gen. Andrew J. Hickenlooper May 13, 1904

May 13, 1904

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Ruth Adams-Battle

Transcribed by Dorothy Wiland

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Who Passed Away at His Home Thursday

Former President of the Gas and Electric Company Died,
After an Extended Illness.
He Had Long Been Identified
Prominently With City Affairs
and Had Served His
Country With Distinction in the Civil War

Gen. Andrew J. Hickenlooper died at 12?45 o’clock Thursday, after an exhausting illness, which had lasted for months.  At the time of his death the various members of his family were grouped about the bedside.  Although the end had been anticipated for some weeks past, as apt to occur at any moment, his death was rather unexpected Thursday morning.  That is to say, there were no indications in advance that dissolution was about to occur, and the aged business man dropped into death as easily and gently as though he had but gone to sleep.

For some months past he had been trouble with a nervous exhaustion complicated by internal troubles, which finally forced him some months ago to retire from the presidency of the Cincinnati Gas and Electric company, and devote himself to the endeavor to restore himself to health.  He had been reluctant to leave the important and responsible duties of his position, however until it was too late and his ? had been drained of vitality.  After leaving the position of president he remained at his home in this city for some time in the hope that a perfect rest would restore him in strength.  When this failed he was taken to Baltimore, accompanied by members of his family, as it was believed that the balmier climate of the South would restore him to complete strength.  This hope, too, proved futile, and when he returned to this city a few weeks ago, it was recognized among his intimates that he had but returned to die.  The nature of his trouble was such, however, that the end was not a sudden one, and the former general of finance gradually wore out.

A few days ago his family was told by Dr. Dunham, the attending physician, to be prepared for the worst at any moment.  Dr. Dunham stated that the end might come at any time, and that on the other hand the reserve strength which still remained from Gen. Hickenlooper’s once magnificent physique might enable him to maintain the unequal struggle for weeks.
On Monday of this week it was recognized that his strength was failing him more and more, and that he might be expected to die at a moment’s notice. A careful watch was kept in his sick-room, and when on Thursday, the premenatory symptoms of the inevitable end became apparent the members of his family were grouped about him.

The members of Gen. Hickenlooper’s family, who survive him, are his wife, Mrs. Maria Smith Hickenlooper, three daughter, Miss Anelia Hickenlooper, Mrs. Dr. J. M. Withrow, Mrs. Dawson Blackmore, and two sons, Mr. Andrew Hickenlooper, and Mrs. Smith Hickenlooper.  Mrs. Hickenlooper was before her marriage Miss Maria Smith, daughter of an old and respected Cincinnati family.  Gen. Hickenlooper and his family are Presbyterians.

General Andrew Hickenlooper was born in the village of Hudson, O., August 10, 1937.  From his earliest youth he displayed the qualities which afterwards made him a noted figure on the battlefield and later as a master of finance.  When he was but nineteen years of age he entered the office of A. W. Gilbert, then the city surveyor of Cincinnati, and so thoroughly mastered the duties of that responsible position that, three years later-In 1859—he became the city surveyor himself.  After spending two years in this position the Civil War broke out.  Although he was but twenty-four years of age, he recruited what was known as Hickenlooper’s battery, and joined General Fremont at Jefferson City, MO.  He was made chief of artillery.  In 1862 his battery was made a part of General Grant’s army and took part in the thickest of the fight at Pittsburg landing.  For gallantry in action in that memorable battle he became commandant of artillery in General McKean’s division.  For his gallant services he was again promised to be chief of artillery on General McPherson’s staff and sustained very intimate relations with that brilliant commander, finally becoming chief engineer of the corps.  It was after the battle of Port Gibson that General McPherson wrote to the Secretary of War, stating that, as his further promotion; in the direct line of the artillery service was impossible, he appealed to the general Government for substantial recognition of Captain Hickenlooper’s magnificent services.  At the fall of Vicksburg the Board of Honor of the Seventeenth corps awarded him a gold Medal.  He served through the Atlantic campaign with distinguished honor participated in the march to the sea, and in the campaigns of the Carolinas, and was indorsed for brigadier general by General Sherman, Howard and Grant in the most eulogistic terms.  On May 20, 1865, be became a brevet brigadier-general.  After the war he was appointed United States marshal for the Southern district of Ohio.  Then he served two terms as city civil engineer.  While in this office, he was made assistant to W. W. Scarborough, then the president of the Cincinnati Gas company, with the title of vice president.  He served as vice president but a short time before he was elected president of the company.  In 1879 he was elected lieutenant governor of Ohio and declined a renomination in 1881.  He served one term as president of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce.

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