Civil Engineer and Banker
Son of Toledo's first mayor and brother-in-law of Valentine Ketcham. He was a civil engineer and built a section of the Wabash & Erie Canal, south of Terre Haute, IN. Went to California as a "Forty-Niner", seeking gold.
He failed to find riches in the West and returned to Toledo and joined his brother-in-law in a successful banking partnership, Ketcham, Berdan, & Co.