- John D. Buenker
Cudahy, Michael (07 December 1841–27 November 1910), meat packer and businessman, was born in Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland, the son of Patrick Cudahy and Elizabeth Shaw. He immigrated with his parents to Milwaukee in 1849, where his father worked at various occupations in brickyards and in the produce business. Leaving grammar school at age fourteen, Michael went to work for Layton and Plankinton, Milwaukee’s largest meat-packing concern, and rose rapidly through the employee ranks. Between 1859 and 1866 he was employed by the meat-packing firm of Edward Roddis. In 1866 Cudahy temporarily went into business for himself and married Catherine Sullivan; they had seven children....