George Henry Hoyt

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George Henry Hoyt
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George H. Hoyt, ca. 1864
6th Kansas Attorney General
In office
January 14, 1867 – January 11, 1869
GovernorJerome D. Brumbaugh
Addison Danford
Preceded byJerome D. Brumbaugh
Succeeded byAddison Danford
Personal details
Born(1837-11-25)November 25, 1837
Athol, Massachusetts
DiedFebruary 2, 1877(1877-02-02) (aged 39)
Athol, Massachusetts
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Mary Anzonette Cheney
ProfessionAttorney, Union soldier

George Henry Hoyt (November 25, 1837 – February 2, 1877) was an abolitionist and attorney for John Brown. During the American Civil War, he served as a Union cavalry officer and captain of the Kansas Red Leg scouts. He became a brevet brigadier general by war's end. Following the war, Hoyt served as the sixth Attorney General of Kansas.

Early life and John Brown's Trial[change | change source]

George Henry Hoyt was born in Athol, Massachusetts, on November 25, 1837. He was the only surviving son of Athol physician and abolitionist George Hoyt and his wife Avelina Witt Hoyt.[1] In 1851, the Hoyts moved to Boston, where George studied law. Lysander Spooner, abolitionist anarchist and good friend of Dr. Hoyt, strongly influenced young George's views of abolition, as did radical orator Wendell Phillips.[2]

Later life[change | change source]

Hoyt died in Athol on February 2, 1877, aged 39.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Hoyt, David W (1871). A Genealogical History of the Hoyt, Haight, and Hight Families. Boston: Henry Hoyt. pp. 600.
  2. George H. Hoyt to Wendell Phillips, Feb. 5, 1861, Wendell Phillips Correspondence, Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.
  3. "General George H. Hoyt," New York Herald, February 4, 1877.

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