Daniel Mayer

Charleston Gazette May 21, 1910

Dr. D. Mayer Died In Cincinnati Hospital

Was Formerly Consul To Argentine Republic at Buenos Ayers - Was High In Fraternalism


Wife Was At Bedside When He Died - Funeral Will Be Held Sunday

(Special to The Gazette.)

Cincinnati, May 20. - Dr. D. Mayer, former Consul General to Buenos Ayres, in South America, died in the Jewish Hospital tonight. He was a resident of Charleston, and, with his wife and ten children, was visiting his sister, Mrs. Ida Maynard, 311 Washington avenue, Newport, Ky.

His children had come from all parts of the country to attend a family reunion, and were in attendance upon their father when death claimed him. He was suddenly stricken with ureamic poisoning Thursday and upon the advice of Dr. C. E. Wamsley, was removed to the Jewish Hospital. Death came shortly after eight o'clock. The funeral will be held in Charleston Sunday.

The decedent was a member of a number of secret orders, including the Masons, Elks, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias. He was also a commander of the G. A. R. post in Charleston. During the Civil war he served as surgeon under the late President McKinley.


Shortly after eight o'clock The Gazette was informed from Cincinnati of the death of Dr. Daniel Mayer.

Mrs. Mayer, who was at his bedside when he died last evening, wired as follows:

"Dr. Mayer died tonight; will arrive Saturday on No. 2. The funeral will be held some time Sunday."

No. 2 is scheduled to arrive here at 6:330 [sic] p.m.

Dr. Mayer was a soldier, statesman, lawyer, surgeon, insurance expert and good citizen.

His home was at 138 Summers street.

Dr. Mayer was aged 68 years. He had been ill for the past several years, but was not considered in serious condition until a few weeks ago when he was visiting relatives in Cincinnati.

As a surgeon, Dr. Mayer, in the Firth West Virginia regiment, during the Civil war attained distinction. His work throughout the war was worthy according to the records, and his work following the close of the war obtained for him the highest regards of the many persons who knew him. Immediately after he returned to his home in Boone county, he practiced law and was a partner of the late distinguished James M. Laidley. He was elected prosecuting attorney of the county and occupied the office with credit to himself and satisfaction to the constituency. Later he was candidate on the Democratic ticket for the state treasurer. He was defeated. During the 80's, he was elected two times in succession by the Republicans to the legislature, and his success in both campaigns was accredited to the splendid record he made while occupying the office of county supervisor in Kanawha.

Courted During War.

It was during the war that Dr. Mayer courted and later married, at Brownstown, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Walker. He made his home there for several years and was elected to his supervisor position in this county soon after his marriage.

Appointed by President McKinley as consul general to Buenos Ayres, Dr. Mayer served successfully throughout the term and was re-appointed to the same position by President Roosevelt. Accompanied by Mrs. Mayer, he was coming back to this country from his post of duty, but she died aboard ship and was buried at sea. Later Dr. Mayer was married a second time and his widow, together with six children, all by the first union, survive him. Three sons are Dr. Joseph Mayer, of Winfield, Daniel Mayer, Jr., of Hinton, and Joseph Mayer, of this city. Three daughters are included, one of whom lives in Texas. They are all married. All the children were at the hospital when Dr. Mayer died.

Under the administration of Governor W. A. McCorkle [sic], Dr. Mayer served as a member of the board of directors of the First Hospital for the Insane, at Weston.

Dr. Mayer was commander of the local post of the G. A. R., and post commander of the Department of West Virginia. He was a member of a number of secret organizations, including the Knights of Pythias.

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