PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
George Gary

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Description Gelatin print on cabinet card of George Gary.
Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1910
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Gold Leaf
Notes Bust view portrait of George Gary in later life. He wears a dark suit and tie and has a gray full beard.
George Gary was born in Potsdam, NY on March 16, 1824, the son of Eli Bush and Frances O. Easton Gary. He was educated in Clinton & Keeseville, NY. In 1845 he worked on a Nantucket whaling vessel until 1847. He then taught school. George came to Oshkosh in 1850 and was followed by his parents in 1856. He married Georgiana Enery on August 24, 1854 in Berlin. The couple had four children: Mary Frances; Paul; George H.; and Ann Eliza.George worked as a clerk for steamboat shipping lines until 1854. He was elected to the Wisconsin General Assembly in 1853 and 1855. He was clerk of the Circuit Court from 1857-1861. He purchased the Oshkosh "Democrat" in 1859 and operated it until it was sold and absorbed by the "Northwestern" in 1860, where he also became an editor. In 1861 he was admitted to the bar. In 1865 he devoted himself completely to his law practice. In 1866 he was elected to the State Senate. In 1869 he became a Winnebago County Judge and remained so untill 1882. He then returned to his law practice. About 1905 he moved to Milwaukee to raise his four orphaned grandchildren. He later suffered from blindness and was reduced by poverty and lived in a small house with the children. He died in Milwaukee October 22, 1908(?)
Object ID P2002.3.151
Object Name Print, Photographic
People Gary, George
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Pioneers
Aged persons
Whaling
Politicians
Newspaper editors
Lawyers
Attorneys
Judges
Title George Gary
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