PENDLETON, George Hunt

1825–1889

Biography

PENDLETON, George Hunt, (son of Nathanael Greene Pendleton), a Representative and a Senator from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 19, 1825; attended the local schools and Cincinnati College; attended Heidelberg University, Germany; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1847 and commenced practice in Cincinnati; member, State senate 1854-1856; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1854 to the Thirty-fourth Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1857-March 3, 1865); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1862 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against Judge West H. Humphreys; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for vice president in 1864; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1866 to the Fortieth Congress; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor of Ohio in 1869; president of the Kentucky Central Railroad 1869-1879; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1879, to March 3, 1885; unsuccessful candidate for renomination; Democratic Conference Chairman 1881-1885; appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Germany in 1885, and served until his death in Brussels, Belgium, November 24, 1889; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 1 letter.

Chicago Historical Society

Chicago, IL
Papers: In Morton family papers, 1830-1945. Finding aid.

Cincinnati Historical Society

Cincinnati, OH
Papers: Miscellaneous papers in various collections.

Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

New York, NY
Papers: 8 official letters (1881-1884) in the Edward Morse Shepard collection; and 1 letter (January 19, 1888) in the World collection.

Rutherford B. Hayes Library

Fremont, OH
Papers: 1857-1889. 13 items. Miscellaneous subjects.

New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections

Albany, NY
Papers: In autographs of American authors and statesmen collection, ca. 1770-1865.

Ohio Historical Society

Columbus, OH
Papers: Miscellaneous items and photographs in various collections.

Pierpont Morgan Library

New York, NY
Papers: 1858-1874. 4 items.

State Historical Society of Wisconsin
Archives Division

Madison, WI
Papers: In John Givan Davis papers, 1800-1889.

Yale University Libraries
Manuscripts and Archives

New Haven, CT
Papers: In Carrington family papers, 1749-1929; and S. Griswold Flagg collection, 1825-1938.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Bloss, George M.D. Life and Speeches of George H. Pendleton. Cincinnati: Miami Printing & Publishing Co., 1868.

Mach, Thomas Stuart. "'Gentleman George' Hunt Pendleton: A Study in Political Continuity." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Akron, 1996.

___. "Family Ties, Party Realities, and Political Ideology: George Hunt Pendleton and Partisanship in Antebellum Cincinnati." Ohio Valley History 3:2 (2003): 17-30.

___. "George Hunt Pendleton, The Ohio Idea and Political Continuity in Reconstruction America." Ohio History 108 (Summer-Autumn 1999): 125-144.

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