Matthew Caldwell, Sr. HOF

2004 HALL OF FAME WINNER Matthew Caldwell Sr. (1757-1810) Caldwell was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States shortly after the Revolutionary War. He brought his family into the untamed forests of the Upper Miami Valley in 1805 and cleared land for a small family farm. With a vision of future growth, he joined with John Manning in 1807 and laid out lots along the Great Miami River for the new village of Washington. Caldwell and his family helped the new community grow into the city of Piqua.