DORSEY, George Washington Emery, (1842 - 1911)


``The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen'' (detail), Once a Week newspaper, 1890, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

DORSEY, George Washington Emery, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Loudoun County, Va., January 25, 1842; moved with his parents to Preston County, Va. (now West Virginia), in 1856; attended private schools and Oak Hill Academy; recruited a company and entered the Union Army in August 1861 as first lieutenant in the Sixth Regiment, West Virginia Infantry; promoted to captain and major, and was mustered out with the Army of the Shenandoah in August 1865; moved to Nebraska in 1866; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in 1869; engaged in banking; vice president of the State board of agriculture; chairman of the Republican State central committee; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency (Fifty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1890 to the Fifty-second Congress; engaged in mining enterprises in Nevada and Utah; died in Salt Lake City, Utah, June 12, 1911; interment in the City Cemetery, Fremont, Dodge County, Nebr.