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EGE, George

1748–1829

Biography

EGE, George, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born near Womelsdorf, Berks County, Pa., March 9, 1748; attended the common schools; engaged in land and iron interests; member of the State house of representatives in 1783; appointed one of the first associate judges of Berks County under the constitution in 1790, and served from 1791 until 1818, when he resigned; resumed his extensive business interests; elected as a Federalist to the Fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Daniel Hiester; reelected to the Fifth Congress and served from December 8, 1796, until October 1797, when he resigned; resumed business interests; built and operated Schuylkill County Forge, near Port Clinton, Pa., in 1804; died at his residence, "Charming Forge," Marion Township, Berks County, Pa., December 14, 1829; interment in Zion's Church Cemetery, Womelsdorf, Pa.

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

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External Research Collections

Hagley Museum and Library
Manuscripts and Archives Department

Greenville, DE
Papers: In the Schuylkill Forge Ledger, 1797-1801, 1 volume. Schuylkill Forge was built by ironmaster George Ege near what is now Port Clinton in Schuylkill County in 1796. The volume records cash transactions at Schuylkill Forge in the years 1797-1801.
Papers: In the Spring Forge Ledger, 1772-1773, 1 volume. The ledger contains accounts for Spring Forge during 1772-1773. Accounts were kept for several other famous ironmasters, including George Ege.

The Winterthur Library
Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera

Winterthur, DE
Papers: In the Berkshire Furnace Account Books, 1765-1794, 4 volumes. The Berkshire Furnace was built by William Bird around 1760. From 1764 to 1790, the furnace was owned by William Bird's widow and operated by George Ege under lease. In 1790, George Ege purchased the Berkshire Furnace. These volumes contain financial transactions of Berkshire Furnace.
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