George H. Pendleton

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George H. Pendleton
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1885
Preceded by Thomas S. Matthews
Succeeded by Henry B. Payne
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1865
Preceded by Timothy C. Day
Succeeded by Benjamin Eggleston
Personal details
Born George Hunt Pendleton
July 19, 1825(1825-07-19)
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Died November 24, 1889(1889-11-24) (aged 64)
Brussels, Belgium
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Cincinnati College, University of Heidelberg
Profession Politician, Lawyer

George Hunt Pendleton (July 19, 1825 – November 24, 1889) or Gentleman George was an American politician and lawyer.

Career[change | edit source]

Pendleton was representative from Ohio from March 4, 1879 through March 4, 1885. Later he was the Senator from Ohio from March 4, 1879 through March 4, 1885. He was nominated as Vice President with George McClellan, but they lost to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.

He was one of the major Democratic politicians who supported slavery. He helped create many laws. Of of those laws was the Pendleton Act, which put an end to the system of patronage during the 1880s. He was later the Envoy of Germany from March 4, 1885 until his death on November 24, 1889.

Personal life[change | edit source]

Pendleton was born on July 19, 1825 in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] He studied at Cincinnati College and at University of Heidelberg in Germany. He was never married and had no children. Pendleton died on November 24, 1889 while on a trip in Brussels, Belgium from an illness, aged 64.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Mach, Thomas S. "Gentleman George" Hunt Pendleton: Party Politics and Ideological Identity in Nineteenth-Century America. (Kent State University Press, 2007) 317pp ISBN 978-0-87338-913-6.

Other websites[change | edit source]

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