W.Parsons Todd Foundation

W. Parsons Todd

W. Parsons Todd was the man who purchased Macculloch Hall, restoring and preserving it for future generations. Born in Brooklyn on November 18, 1877, he came to Morristown at the age of five, received his education at the Morris Academy, and for more than 72 years commuted each day to his job at the Quincy Mining Company office in New York City.

Todd was a good friend of Phyllis Bard McVickar Langstaff, a great-granddaughter of Mary Louisa Macculloch and 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 put up for sale after Dolly Post’s death, Phyllis Langstaff convinced Parsons Todd that he should buy the house and preserve it.

Parsons Todd loved Morristown; he served it as a member of the board of education, the board of aldermen and as mayor. 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, the Morristown Library, and president of the Morris County Easter Seal Center, he was also responsible for building Morristown’s monuments honoring soldiers of the Spanish-American War, and World Wars I and II. His friends and the press affectionately called him “Mr. Morristown.”