James W. McCulloh

James W. McCulloh (McCulloch) (1789–1861) was an American politician from Baltimore.[2]

James W. McCulloch
Born(1789-02-05)February 5, 1789
DiedJune 17, 1861(1861-06-17) (aged 72)
New Jersey
ChildrenRichard Sears McCulloh[1]

Early lifeEdit

McCulloh and partner Soloman Birkhead were in business in Baltimore as early as 1799 operating McCulloh & Birkhead.[3][4] McCulloh later worked for the George Williams Counting House, part of the Second Bank of the United States, as a cashier who was twice indicted for conspiracy. He was the center of the landmark Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland for giving himself loans for stocks.

James W. McCulloh bought land that was part of the 5000-acre "Taylor's Forest" surveyed in 1678. He built a stone farmhouse on his 511-acre site between 1818 and 1825 for himself. After defending several charges of conspiracy, the property was sold to John Lewis Buchanan in 1825 and again in 1825 to his partner's son Dr. Lennox Birkhead. The estate named Hilton is now in use by Community College of Baltimore County.[5]

McCulloh served as Comptroller of the US Treasury from 1842 to 1849[6]

Political offices
Preceded by
John Grant Chapman
Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates
Succeeded by
John Grant Chapman


  1. ^ Richard P. Cox. Civil War Maryland: Stories from the Old Line State.
  2. ^ "Maryland State Archives" (PDF). Retrieved 15 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Richard J. Cox, City Archivist and Records Management Officer (1981). A Name Index to the Baltimore City Tax Records, 1798-1808, of the Baltimore City Archives.
  4. ^ John Thomas Scharf. The Chronicles of Baltimore: Being a Complete History of "Baltimore Town. p. 267.
  5. ^ "Maryland State Archives" (PDF). Retrieved 15 December 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Samuel Pearce May. The Descendants of Richard Sares (Sears) of Yarmouth, Mass., 1638-1888. p. 285.