W. Parsons Todd, founder of Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, was born in Brooklyn on November 18, 1877. He moved to Morristown with is family at age five, received his education at the Morris Academy, now Morristown Beard, and for more than 72 years commuted to his job as the President of the Quincy Mining Company in midtown Manhattan.
Todd was a good friend of Phyllis Bard McVickar Langstaff, a great-granddaughter of Mary Louisa Macculloch and her husband Jacob Miller. The Langstaffs lived for a short time at Macculloch Hall before moving next door to The Kedge, the house built by Phyllis’s great-uncle Hal in the 1870s. When Macculloch Hall was listed for sale by descendants of the Macculloch family in 1949, Phyllis Langstaff convinced Todd to buy and preserve the historic site.
Todd loved Morristown and served the town and community faithfully throughout his life. He was a member of the Board of Education, the Board of Aldermen and mayor twice. Todd was also a vestryman of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Redeemer; a board member of All Souls Hospital, the Morris County Urban League, the Salvation Army, and the Morristown Library; and president of the Morris County Easter Seal Center. He also commissioned three monuments in Morristown to honor veterans of the the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. Todd was affectionately known as “Mr. Morristown” until his death in 1976.