Grandfather of the famed WWII admiral who was the first generation to leave ancestral Germany for the U.S.
He fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
He built a posh hotel, which became frequented by many big names of the age, including at least one future president.
His grandson was Charles Nimitz, who led American operations in the Pacific in WWII.
His hotel was non-partisan, entertaining both Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.