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Macy, Hon. David

Now one of the prominent men of Indianapolis, is a native of North Carolina, but when a boy came with his parents to Wayne County, Indiana, thence to Newcastle, Henry County, where he successfully practiced law for several years, and represented that county three years in the State Legislature.

From Newcastle he removed to Lawrenceburgh and became the law partner of Judge Major; this (Dearborn) County he also represented one year in the State Legislature.

Mr. Macy was induced to leave Lawrenceburgh in consequence of the too great water privileges of that city, he, not being amphibious, preferred a dry land residence.

He became a resident of this city in 1852; in 1854 he was chosen President of the Indianapolis and Peru Railroad, and under his supervision that road has become one of the popular as well as paying roads of the State, and is considered a first-class road.

While a member of the Legislature he made the acquaintance of and married the eldest daughter of Robert Patterson, who was one of the pioneers of this city, and for many years one of its most respected citizens.

Mr. Macy built and owns the hotel that bears his name; he is, also, the owner of other valuable city property, and owns and lives in one of the fine residences in the north part of the city.


Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 383-384


Transcribed by Sherri Morem Bergman