William Cumback

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William Cumback
16th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
In office
January 23, 1867 – January 13, 1873
Acting: January 23, 1867 – January 11, 1869
GovernorConrad Baker
Preceded byConrad Baker
Succeeded byLeonidas Sexton
Member of the Indiana Senate
from Decatur County
In office
January 10, 1867 – January 7, 1869
Preceded byD. R. VanBuskirk
Succeeded byW. J. Robinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857
Preceded byJames H. Lane
Succeeded byJames B. Foley
Personal details
Born(1829-03-24)March 24, 1829
Mount Carmel, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJuly 31, 1905(1905-07-31) (aged 76)
Greensburg, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (after 1860)
People's (1854–1860)
Whig (before 1854)
Martha Hurlburt
(m. 1851)
Laura Wachstatter
(m. 1901)
EducationMiami University
Cincinnati Law School
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnion Army
Years of service1861–1865
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

William Cumback (March 24, 1829 – July 31, 1905) was an American lawyer and Civil War veteran who served one term as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1855 to 1857.


Born near Mount Carmel, Indiana, Cumback attended the common schools and was graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He taught school two years. He studied law at the Cincinnati Law School. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Greensburg, Indiana, in 1853.


Cumback was elected as an Indiana People's Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855 – March 3, 1857). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1856.

He resumed the practice of law.

Civil War

He was appointed a paymaster in the Army and served throughout the Civil War. He served as member of the State senate in 1866. The 16th Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in 1868.

Later career and death

He was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1869.

President U.S. Grant nominated Cumback as the U.S. Minister to Portugal in 1870 but he declined the appointment. He served as a United States revenue collector from 1871 to 1883. He also served as a trustee of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination for governor in 1896.

He died in Greensburg, Indiana, July 31, 1905. He was interred in South Park Cemetery.


William Cumback is the namesake of the community of Cumback, Indiana.[1]

Notes and references

  1. ^ Baker, Ronald L. (October 1995). From Needmore to Prosperity: Hoosier Place Names in Folklore and History. Indiana University Press. p. 107. ISBN 978-0-253-32866-3. ...and named for Hoosier politician William Cumback.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

Political offices
Preceded by Lieutenant Governor of Indiana
1869 – 1873
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by