Wilberding Speaks to Lincoln Society about Lewis Gunckel
On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Merle Wilberding was at Carillon Park where he gave a presentation to The Lincoln Society of Dayton entitled “Lewis Gunckel — Dayton’s Treasure & Lincoln’s Friend.” The presentation recounted the many times Lewis Gunckel connected directly with Abraham Lincoln, beginning in 1856 when Gunckel was a delegate at the first Republican convention in Philadelphia when Lincoln was nominated for Vice-President, continuing in 1859 when Gunckel chaired the welcoming committee and met with Lincoln in his room at the Phillips Hotel before giving his famous speech at the Dayton courthouse, and finally in 1863 when Gunckel traveled to Pennsylvania to hear Abraham Lincoln deliver his Gettysburg Address.
Lewis Gunckel and Hiram Strong founded the law firm Gunckel & Strong on March 8, 1853, a law firm that continues more than 160 years later as Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A. Lewis Gunckel is also honored as the father of the Dayton Branch of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers from the Civil War, a facility that continues today as the Dayton VA Medical Center.
We are proud to be part of the Lewis Gunckel legacy and proud to continue serving the Dayton community.