Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Isaac S. George (1818-1903)
MSA SC 3520-12528

Biography:

Born July 9, 1818 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Son of James B. George (b. 1794 in Baltimore County) and Mary Ellen (Stewart) George (b. 1800 in Glasgow, Ireland).  Married Elizabeth A. Mann (b. 1818 in Halifax).  Eleven children included:  I. Brown, James (born c. 1844), Mary (born c. 1848), Sarah (born c. 1852), Kate (born c. 1852), Elizabeth (born c. 1854), and George (born c. 1858).  He died in Baltimore City on January 2, 1903.

George worked in his father's shoemaking business from about 1834 until 1841, when he opened his own shoe store at 76 Centre Market Space in Baltimore.  In 1867 he established Isaac S. George & Son at 252 Baltimore Street with his son I. Brown George, and worked there until his retirement in 1875.  He was a Whig in politics until the outbreak of the Civil War when he became a Conservative Democrat, sympathetic to the South but remaining a Unionist.  He was a member of the Baltimore City Water Board in 1860 and 1861, and a delegate for Baltimore City to the 1867 Constitutional Convention of Maryland.  He then served on the First Branch of the Baltimore City Council (Sixth Ward), where he served as chair of the Committee on Ways and Means.  He served two years as president of the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, and in 1868 was elected president of the Atlantic Fire and Marine Insurance Company.  From 1872 to 1878 he served on the board of visitors of the Baltimore City Jail and was the board's president in 1877 and 1878.  He served as a director in the Associated Firemen's Insurance Company, and in 1874 was elected president of the Trader's National Bank where he served until at least 1879.  He attended Madison Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church.

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