Memminger, Christopher Gustavus
- William L. Barney
Memminger, Christopher Gustavus (09 January 1803–07 March 1888), secretary of the treasury in the Confederacy, was born in Nayhingen, Württemberg, Germany, the son of Christopher Godfrey Memminger, an army officer, and Eberhardina Kohler. A naturalized American citizen, Memminger was brought as an infant by his mother and her parents to Charleston, South Carolina, after the death of his father. Only four when his mother died, he was placed in the Charleston Orphan House. Thomas Bennett, a future governor of the state, took him in at the age of eleven and subsequently sent him to South Carolina College. After graduating second in his class in 1819, Memminger returned to Charleston, studied law, and opened a practice in 1824. He married Mary Wilkinson in 1832; they had eight children....