Milwaukee, WI man thrown from horse, Sept 1943


MILWAUKEE, Wis., Sept. 6 (AP) - John Cudahy, former Ambassador to Poland and Belgium and one-time Minister to Ireland, was killed Monday when he was thrown from his horse while riding over his estate about ten miles from Milwaukee.

Capt. James Flatley of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's office said the body was found by Earl L. Kramer of Racine, Wis., who was visiting the estate caretaker. He said Kramer related that he saw a riderless horse and hurried to the spot and found Cudahy's body. Dr. T. R. Murphy of the County General Hospital staff who sped to the estate, pronounced the former diplomat dead of a broken neck.

Survivors are his wife, the former Katherine Reed of Milwaukee, to whom he was married Aug. 2, 1913; a daughter, Mary of Norfolk, Va., and a son, Michael, stationed at an Army camp in Nebraska.

Fought Bolsheviks in Russia.

A niece, the former Jane Dahlman of Milwaukee, is the wife of Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes.

Cudahy was graduated from Harvard in 1910 and received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1913. After practicing law in Milwaukee for four years he joined the Army and served in Russia in the Archangel campaign, remaining after the World War ended to fight against the Bolsheviks.

His health was impaired by his war experience and he turned to writing. He wrote Archangel - the American War With Russia, in which he criticized American intervention in Russia.

Still striving to improve his health, he lived for a time in the Canadian Rockies, and later went into ranching in Mexico and California. He returned to Milwaukee in 1923 and devoted the next ten years to the real estate business.

He was appointed Minister to Ireland in 1933 and later was named Ambassador to Poland.

President Roosevelt sent him to Belgium as Ambassador in January, 1940, and Minister to Luxembourg. Only a few months later, May 9, both countries were overun by the Nazis. He was in Brussels when the invasion came, and remained until 1941. Before returning to the United States, he interviewed Adolf Hitler and reported he thought there should be no interference with the German leader's aims in Europe.

This opinion led to a storm of protest when he was appointed state director of civilian defense by Acting Gov. Walter S. Goodland in February of this year. Goodland refused to cancel the appointment in spite of the opposition which called Cudahy an isolationist.

Cudahy was born Dec. 10, 1887, the son of Patrick Cudahy. The elderly Cudahy, born in Ireland, founded the city of Cudahy and Cudahy Brothers Company, a meat packing concern known throughout the world.

The Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX, 7 Sept 1943