J. Donald Cameron
J. Donald Cameron (1833-1918) was the son of General
Simon Cameron and Margaret Brau. He had five siblings: Simon (1844-1908),
who never married, Virginia
(who later married Wayne MacVeigh),
Rachel (later Rachel Burnside), Margaret (later Margaret Haldeman) and
William (1826-1864), who married Elizabeth Bastedo.
He married Mary McCormick, and their children were: Mrs. Rachel C.
Hale, Mrs. Eliza Bradley, Mrs. Margarette Clark, Mrs. Virginia Rodgers,
Miss Mary Cameron, James McCormick Cameron, and two unnamed children,
who died in infancy. He later married Elizabeth Sherman, with whom he
had no children.
J. Donald was a tall and lanky man like his father -- measuring approximately
six feet, three inches -- though less ambitious. However, this is perhaps
a misleading statement, as Simon was known to juggle several successful
careers at once, as builder of railroads and canals, builder of railroads,
owner of manufacturing plants, investor and politician.
J. Donald did, however, still go into the family business. When Simon
went into retirement, an election was held, and his Senate seat was
given to his son (according to Cameron's opponents, the election was
said to be so automatic that his opponents called the Legislature the
"Cameron Transfer Company."). He was named Secretary of War
in General Grant's cabinet.
A Princeton man, J. Donald was also, like his father, interested in
transportation. He invested $5000 in improvements to the Uniion Canal
running from Middletown to Reading, and was president of the Northern
J. Donald was the famous Vance McCormick's
James Donald Cameron died in 1918.
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