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George Cookman Sturgiss

George C. Sturgiss

George Cookman Sturgiss (August 16, 1842 – February 26, 1925) was a lawyer and Republican politician from West Virginia who served as a United States Representative. He was a member of the 60th and 61st United States Congresses


He was born in Poland, Ohio in Mahoning County and attended country schools. In 1859, he moved to Morgantown, West Virginia (then Virginia). He attended and then taught at Monongalia Academy in Morgantown. He was admitted to the bar in 1863 and entered practice at Morgantown. During the Civil War he served as a clerk under Maj. James V. Boughner, paymaster of United States Volunteers. After the war, he became superintendent of free schools for Monongalia County and served in that capacity from 1865 to 1869.

From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He then served as prosecuting attorney from 1872 to 1880. He became Republican nominee for Governor in 1880 but lost to Henry M. Mathews. Subsequently, he was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as United States Attorney for the district of West Virginia in 1889 and served four years. He was the first president of the State board of trade and of the State association for the promotion of good roads.

In 1906, he was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and then to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1911). His candidacy for re-election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress was unsuccessful. He then became a trustee of American University in Washington, D.C.. He was instrumental in the construction of the Morgantown & Kingwood Railroad. He served on the bench as a judge of the circuit court from 1912 to 1920. He practiced law at Morgantown until his death on February 26, 1925, and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas B. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
William Gay Brown, Jr.

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