GEDDES, George Washington, (1824 - 1892)


Engraving, ca. 1885, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives

GEDDES, George Washington, a Representative from Ohio; born in Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio, July 16, 1824; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in July 1845 and practiced; judge of the court of common pleas of the sixth judicial district in 1856; reelected in 1861; again elected in 1868, and served until 1873; resumed the practice of law; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for judge of the State supreme court in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Mansfield; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on War Claims (Forty-eighth and Forty-ninth Congresses); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Mansfield, Richland County, Ohio, November 9, 1892; interment in Mansfield Cemetery.