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  McClellan, Jr., George B.
NameGeorge B. McClellan, Jr.
New York, New York , United States
Born November 23, 1865
DiedNovember 30, 1940 (75 years)
Last Modifednystate63
Jul 02, 2004 09:04pm
Tags Army -
InfoThe son of a famous Civil War general who ran unsuccessfully for President against Abraham Lincoln, George McClellan had a distinguished career in politics and academia. McClellan was a graduate of Princeton University, a journalist, an attorney, a congressman by twenty-seven, and by thirty, president of the New York City Board of Aldermen [the precursor to the City Council]. He ran on the Tammany Hall ticket and defeated Seth Low in 1903, at the age of thirty-seven. Despite his affiliation with Tammany Hall, McClellan demonstrated a fiery independence that only gained momentum in his second term. He defeated newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst to win reelection, but it was a bitter sweet victory, for McClellan was subjected to scathing attacks by Hearst's newspapers for the duration of his time in office. He broke with Tammany Hall in his second term, cracked down on vice and gambling, and terminated many of the beneficiaries of Tammany's patronage machine. Although he acknowledged it was political suicide, McClellan later told a reporter: "There comes a time in every man's life when he must choose one course or another. I chose I had to keep my self respect." With a fondness for great public works he spent his first day in office sampling the yet-to-be opened subway system McClellan oversaw the construction of the Queensboro and Manhattan bridges, the Municipal Building, and the Catskill water system. After leaving office, McClellan became a lecturer and a celebrated professor of Economic History at Princeton University, served in World War I, achieving the rank of lieutenant colonel, traveled extensively abroad, and wrote many books on Italian history. He died on November 30, 1940 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


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Father George B. McClellan 1826-1885
Sister Mary "May" McClellan 1861-1945
Mother Ellen Mary Marcy McClellan 1836-1915

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