Henry C. Berghoff

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Henry C. Berghoff
19th Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana
In office
Preceded byHenry P. Scherer
Succeeded byWilliam J. Hosey
Personal details
BornJanuary 6, 1856
Dortmund, Germany
DiedJune 28, 1925 (aged 69)
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Theresa Mayer Berghoff (m. 1877)
  • Politician
  • Lawyer
  • Businessman

Henry Carl Berghoff (January 6, 1856 – June 28, 1925) was a German-American politician, lawyer, and businessman who cofounded the The Berghoff (restaurant) Brewing Company and served as the 19th List of mayors of Fort Wayne, Indiana from 1901 to 1905.

Early life

Henry Carl Berghoff was born January 6, 1856, in Dortmund, Germany, the son of Franz Anton and Lizette (Boelhauve) Berghoff. Henry had five brothers (Theodor, Anton, Herman, Hubert, and Gustav) and one sister (Elizabeth). In 1872, Henry immigrated to the United States, and settled in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[1] During the next few years after his arrival in the United States, he held a range of jobs as a clerk and a bookkeeper, and he also studied law.[2] In 1877, Henry married Theresa Mayer.[1]

Business career

In 1883, Berghoff and his brother Herman purchased a bottling company in Fort Wayne. In 1887, Berghoff and three of his brothers, Herman, Hubert, and Gustav, established the The Berghoff (restaurant) Brewing Company in Fort Wayne.[1][2] Henry served as secretary, vice president, and treasurer of the company. Berghoff also entered into a partnership with Artificial Ice Company, was the proprietor of Globe Spice Mills, and was the treasurer of Phoenix Building and Savings Union.[2]

Political career

Berghoff, a Democratic Party (United States), served as treasurer of Fort Wayne for three terms, from 1885 to 1891.[2][3] In 1890, he ran for Indiana State Treasurer, but lost to businessman Albert Gall.[4] Berghoff then served as comptroller of Fort Wayne for two terms, from 1896 to 1901.[2][3] In 1901, Berghoff received the Democratic nomination for mayor of Fort Wayne. The other nominees for mayor were Republican Party (United States) Charles Reese and Socialist Party of America Martin H. Wefel. Berghoff won the election with 5176 of the 9209 votes cast.[2] Berghoff succeeded Henry P. Scherer as mayor. Berghoff served as mayor of Fort Wayne from 1901 to 1905.[5] As mayor of Fort Wayne in 1905, Berghoff appointed the first Fort Wayne Board of Park Commissioners.[6] Berghoff, after serving two terms as mayor, was succeeded by William J. Hosey.[5][7]

Later life and death

After serving as mayor of Fort Wayne, Berghoff, in 1905, assisted in the organization of the German-American National Bank, where he served as head cashier.[2][3] He also held positions at Wayne Oil Tank and Rub-No-More Soap Company.[2] Berghoff died on June 28, 1925 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, after suffering an apoplectic stroke three days before.[7][8]

Personal life

Berghoff, a Catholic Church, was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church (Fort Wayne, Indiana), the Society of the Holy Name Society, the Knights of Columbus, and the Catholic knights of america.[2]

He was married to Theresa Mayer. Theresa survived Henry, dying in 1955 at the age of 99.

Berghoff and his wife had eight children: Lawrence, Joseph, Carl, Frederick, Augustus, Raymond, Elsie, and Arthur.

Berghoff, his wife, and four of their children are buried at Catholic Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Berghoff, Carlyn (2011-08-15). The Berghoff Family Cookbook: From Our Table to Yours, Celebrating a Century of Entertaining. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7407-9321-9.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Brown, Nancy Eileen (May 2013). "The 1901 Fort Wayne, Indiana City Election: A Political Dialogue of Ethnic Tension" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-12-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Griswold, Bert Joseph (1917). The Pictorial History of Fort Wayne, Indiana: A Review of Two Centuries of Occupation of the Region about the Head of the Maumee River. Robert O. Law Company.
  4. "Indianapolis Journal 23 July 1890 — Hoosier State Chronicles: Indiana's Digital Historic Newspaper Program". newspapers.library.in.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-10.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Fort Wayne Mayors - City of Fort Wayne". www.cityoffortwayne.org. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  6. "History - Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation". www.fortwayneparks.org. Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Journal and Courier from Lafayette, Indiana on June 29, 1925 · 1". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2021-12-11.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Henry C Berghoff (1856–1925) - Find A Grave..." www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2021-12-10.

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