Q. Gresham Room
Room #5 -- $109-$129
BED - Walnut
DRESSER - Walnut, with
Marble Top & 2 Candle Holders
Walter Q. Gresham was born near the small
town of Lanesville in Harrison County on March 17, 1832. He
received a common school education, then entered Indiana
University. After one year, Gresham had to leave his studies
due to the lack of money. He taught school for a few terms in
Harrison County, then studied law with Judge William A. Porter
of Corydon. In 1853, at the age of 21, Gresham was admitted to
the bar and began practicing law in the office of Thomas
Slaughter in Corydon.
In 1860, Walter Gresham was elected to the Indiana House
of Representatives. While he was serving in the General
Assembly, the Civil War began. He secured a commission in the
38th Indiana Volunteer Infantry. In February, 1852, he was
promoted to Colonel and given command of the 53rd Indiana
Regiment. He and the 53rd were sent to join General Ulysses S.
Grant's army. By the end of the Civil War, Gresham had
attained the rank of Major General.
Gresham became a federal judge and served as a member of
three presidential cabinets. Under President Chester Arthur,
Gresham was Postmaster General and Secretary of the Treasury.
In 1892, he was named Secretary of State by President Grover
Cleveland. He served in that position until his death in 1895.