Staughton George, Co. K, 2nd Pennsylvania Reserves

History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania; Chapter XLVIII. Biographical Sketches, City of Williamsport and Borough of South Williamsport Edited by John F. Meginness; 1892

STAUGHTON GEORGE, controller of Williamsport, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 17, 1841, son of Nathan Pynn and Jeanette (Rawlings) George, both natives of Philadelphia. His paternal grandfather and great grandfather were both Revolutionary soldiers, the latter dying from wounds received at the battle of Long Island. His father was a minister in the Methodist Protestant church, and was an itinerant of that denomination for many years. As early as 1840 he traveled through northern and western Pennsylvania, preaching and organizing church societies and Sunday schools, and was prominently known in the city of Philadelphia. He served on the school board in the Second ward of that city. He died in 1863; his widow survived him until 1881. They reared a family of nine children, five of whom are now living, Staughton being the youngest. Our subject received a good education in the public schools of Philadelphia, and in 1854 he entered a commission house, where he remained until the breaking out of the rebellion. On the first call for troops, he enlisted in Company K, Second Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteers, and served under Gen. William McCandless up to the battle of South Mountain, where he received a gun-shot wound in the left hip, which has made him a cripple for life. At the time of being wounded he was serving as first sergeant, and was in command of his company, and on this and previous occasions he was recommended for promotion for “gallantry in the field.” His wounds incapacitated him for further duty in the field, and after a lapse of two years he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Veteran Reserve Corps. He served as military assistant at Beverly Hospital, Beverly, New Jersey, and while there he was presented with a valuable gold watch, for his kindness to the men. Lieutenant George was subsequently ordered to Camp Cadwallader, Philadelphia, and was appointed quartermaster. He had charge of the final distribution of the stores and camp equipage, and was the last officer in command of that historic camp. He was next stationed at the Philadelphia arsenal, where he remained until the muster out of his corps, in 1866. Mr. George came to Williamsport in August of that year, and was afterwards appointed by General McCandless to a clerkship in the office of the secretary of internal affairs at Harrisburg. He filled that position four years, and then engaged in the lumber business at Williamsport, under the firm name of S. George & Company. In February, 1888, Mr. George was elected to the office of city controller, by a majority of 447 votes, and was re-elected, in 1890, by a majority of 1,008. He has always been an ardent supporter of the Democratic party, and is one of the influential Democrats of Lycoming county. He has been president of Hancock Veteran Club, and has served as sergeant major, chaplain, adjutant, and commander of Second Reno, Post, G. A. R., of Williamsport. Mr. George was married in Philadelphia, in 1870, to Margaret A. Streeton, of that city. He and wife are members of the Baptist church.1

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  1. History of Lycoming County Pennsylvania; Chapter XLVIII. Biographical Sketches, City of Williamsport and Borough of South Williamsport Edited by John F. Meginness; 1892.