Renfrewshire's emigrants: Daniel Craig McCallum
In the early 1840s, he designed Saint Joseph's Church in Rochester. By 1849, McCallum was a contractor building bridges for the New York and Erie Railroad Company. He designed and patented the "McCallum Inflexible Arched Truss Bridge" which could withstand much heavier loads than previous designs.
In 1853, the New York and Erie Railroad Company appointed McCallum to be superintendent of the Susquehanna Division of the railroad, and by 1855 he was promoted to superintendent of the entire railroad.
McCallum soon reorganised and streamlined the organisation, making it much more efficient and kept rigorous safety standards.
McCallum returned to Rochester, New York and resumed his bridge building. His patented bridges were built in the Western states and in South America. In 1857, he married Mary McCann.The couple had five children, but only two survived early childhood. One son was killed in the American Civil War.
At the outbreak of the American Civil War, McCallum was appointed director and superintendent of the United States Military Railroads by President Abraham Lincoln. Eventually reaching the rank of Major General, McCallum's greatest accomplishment was supplying General Sherman's army of 100,000 men and 60,000 animals during his campaign in Atlanta, Georgia.
After the war, McCallum retired into private life and settled at Owego, New York. He died in December 1878. His body was taken by rail to Rochester, New York where he was interred at the Mount Hope Cemetery.
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