Phelps, George

Born: 1832-XX-XX Lewistown, Illinois

Died: 1900-07-28 New Albany, Indiana

George Phelps was a lawyer in Lewistown, Illinois, in the firm Phelps & Kimball. Prior to partnering with Myron Kimball, Phelps had studied at the firm of Browning & Bushnell. In October 1854, he married Cornelia Rogers. She died in April 1858. Later that year, he served as a delegate to the 1858 Illinois Republican Convention. By 1860, he owned $5,000 in real estate and $2,000 in personal property. During the Civil War, he served as a paymaster for the U.S. Army from August 1861 to December 1865. He mustered in at the rank of major and was promoted to lieutenant colonel in March 1865. In February 1864, he married Martha Cadwalader, with whom he had at least eight children.

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