Senator George M. Craig View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 9/8/1926
Birth Place: Waukegan, IL
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 25 (1894) - 29 (1902)
Home County: Butler
George M. Craig
Butler County
With a record of meritorious service in the army and public office the Hon. George M. Craig comes to the Senate of the Twenty-fifth General Assembly from Butler county. He was born June 18, 1844, at Waukegan, Illinois, and was educated in the public schools of his native town. His parents were George Wilson Craig and Mary E. Craig, nee Moore. He had not left school when the war broke out, but for all that he enlisted in Company H, 88th Illinois Infantry, as private. In the long struggle at Stone river, lasting from December 30, 1862, to January 3, 1863, he was fighting with his regiment. On September 3, 1863, at Chickamauga he was severely wounded and left on the field for seven days in the hands of the enemy. On the 29th he was paroled. July 30, 1864, he was discharged for physical disability on account of the wound he had received. He returned to Illinois, and after recovering moved to Allison, Iowa, engaging in business. In 1867 he was elected county recorder of Butler county. He filled the office for three full terms. During his leisure moments he devoted himself to the study of law, the result being that he was admitted to the bar at Grundy Center in January, 1873, only a few days after he quitted the recorder's office. Ever since then he has been practicing his profession. He has identified himself with several secret orders, the Masons, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias and Grand Army of the Republic. He has been married twice, his first wife being Frances M. Bailey, to whom he was wedded at Butler Center, Iowa, September 26, 1867. She died November 19, 1878, leaving two daughters, both married now, Mrs. G. H. Cheever, Hardy, Iowa, and Mrs. J. W. Arbuckle, Parkersburg, Iowa. October 28, 1879, Mr. Craig was married to Mary E. Chaplini at Bristow, Iowa. She has borne him two children, Lois M., aged 27, and Marshall B., aged 21. In the last Senate Mr. Craig was chairman of the committee on corporations and a member of the committees on judiciary, appropriations, compensation of public officers, claims, federal relations, penitentiaries, and pardons.
Text above from Iowa Official Register/Other
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