George W. Geddes

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George Washington Geddes
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Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
March 4, 1883 March 3, 1885
Speaker John G. Carlisle
Preceded by John F. House (1881)
Succeeded by John R. Tucker
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1879 March 3, 1887
Preceded by Nelson H. Van Vorhes (1879)
Gibson Atherton (1881)
Beriah Wilkins (1885)
Succeeded by Rufus Dawes (1881)
Charles H. Grosvenor (1885)
Beriah Wilkins (1887)
Constituency 15th district (1879–1881)
14th district (1881–1885)
16th district (1885–1887)
Personal details
Born(1824-07-16)July 16, 1824
Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 1892(1892-11-09) (aged 68)
Mansfield, Ohio, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Nancy Lennon, Amelia Gass

George Washington Geddes (July 16, 1824 – November 9, 1892) was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Ohio for four terms from 1879 to 1887.


Early life and career

Born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Geddes attended the common schools. He studied law under Columbus Delano. [1] He was admitted to the bar in July 1845 and practiced. He served as judge of the court of common pleas of the sixth judicial district in 1856. He was reelected in 1861.

Geddes was again elected in 1868, and served until 1873. He resumed the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio in 1871. [1] He resumed the practice of law in Mansfield.


Geddes was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1887). He served as chairman of the Committee on War Claims (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress. He resumed the practice of his profession.

Family life

Married Nancy Lennon of Ashland County, Ohio in 1848, and had three sons, Samuel, James and George. Nancy died in 1878, and Geddes married Amelia Gass, December 1880. [1]

Geddes was a trustee of Ohio Wesleyan University and Mount Union College. He was a Methodist. [1]


He died in Mansfield, Ohio, November 9, 1892. He was interred in Mansfield Cemetery.


  1. 1 2 3 4 Baughman, A. J., ed. (1901). A Centennial biographical history of Richland County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. pp.  263–265.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nelson H. Van Vorhes
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 15th congressional district

Succeeded by
Rufus Dawes
Preceded by
Gibson Atherton
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Grosvenor
Preceded by
Beriah Wilkins
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Beriah Wilkins

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