Daly Mausoleum


Marcus Daly
December 5, 1843-November 12, 1900
Margaret Price Daly
September 7, 1853-July 14, 1941

Marcus Daly worked for John Mackay in Virginia City, Nevada then ventured to Butte, Montana where, in 1881, with the backing of George Hearst (father of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst) he developed what was soon to be discovered to be one of the world’s greatest concentrations of copper. Daly purchased the Anaconda Copper Mine from one Michael Hickey. Hickey said he named the mine after reading an account by another Green-Wood resident Horace Greeley. Greeley had written that at the end of the Civil War Ulysses S. Grant’s forces had surrounded Robert E. Lee’s forces chocking them “like an anaconda.”

Marcus Daly’s life was the personification of the American Dream. He had arrived virtually penniless in a wave of Irish immigration at age 15 and within 20 years had become a multimillionaire lording over mines, banks, power plants and vast tracts of timberland. He was also a great lover of thoroughbred racing and often gave his employees days off to watch horseracing at a track near the Anaconda mine. Many of his employees were Irish. His mines worked 24 hours a day in three shifts, but in a show of respect to the miners and the Irish heritage of many of them he closed the mines on Miners’ Union Day and St. Patrick’s Day.

Reposing in the mausoleum are Marcus and Margaret Price Daly. Accounts of the day said that his body was originally going to be sent to Montana for burial, but those plans were obviously changed. Gracing the polished marble interior of the Daly mausoleum is a religious-themed Tiffany-style stained glass window crafted in opalescent glass.
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[address cemetery=”Green-Wood Cemetery” street=”Willow Avenue” city=”Brooklyn” state=”New York” zip=”11218″]

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