|Birth: ||Mar. 25, 1845|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1908|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
The Washington Post February 6, 1908
Dunlop Gone To Rest
Dies From Heart Disease After Short Illness
All His Family At Bedside
End of Traction President Was Not Unexpected
Stricken Three Weeks Ago After a Day of Great Activity
Foremost Among First Citizens of the District
His Enviable Career
George Thomas Dunlop, President of the Capital Traction Company and for more than a quarter of a century one of Washington's foremost developers and public spirited citizens died at his Georgetown home, 3102 Q Street at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon of heart failure after three weeks illness. His condition had been critical since the afternoon of January 14 and his death was not entirely unexpected.
At the bedside when the end came were his wife, Mrs. Emily R. Dunlop and his six children, G. Thomas Dunlop, eldest son and a well known Washington attorney; Dr. John Dunlop, Walter Dunlop, a student a Princeton; Mrs. R.D. Simms, Mrs. R.A. Urquhart of Baltimore, Maryland and Mrs. J.B. Ecker.
During the past few days Mr. Dunlop had suffered several relapses and he would rally only when most heroic remedies were resorted to. For twenty-two days he had been confined to bed and he had become much weakened and in the last stage of his illness and semi conscious most of the time.
Mr. Dunlop had been under the care of eminent physicians. At intervals cheering news would come as the patient showed signs of rallying. At no time however, were they confident of his recovery and their fears that he would die suddenly were fulfilled for he passed away in the absence of the physicians and before they could be summoned. Those at the bedside, however, administered powerful stimulants according to instructions, but they were unavailing. His physicians were Dr. McLaughlin and Dr. Thomas Parker of this city and Dr. Barker of Baltimore, Maryland.
The Strain of Hard Work
His recent illness was super induced by overwork and the strain of his large business interests. A man of powerful physique, indomitable will, courage and energy he was not restrained by slight ills. This was characteristic of his career which would have rounded out sixty-three years next March.
On Tuesday, January 14, Mr. Dunlop braved the inclement weather and was compelled to spend a very busy day. He appeared at the Capitol and delivered a speech before one of the committees with reference to the present traction bill now before Congress. In the afternoon he attended board meetings at several banks and trust companies. The activities of that day taxed his energies severely and when he returned home in the evening he confided to those of the family circle that he was far from well. He felt a slight pain in his heart. The following day his condition seemed grave and several physicians were summoned. Considerable apprehension has been felt for his recovery since that time.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made and until late today no announcement will probably be made of the details. The obsequies will probably take place next Friday. Interment will be in the family lot in Oak Hill Cemetery. The lists of pallbearers will comprise leading figures in the local business and financial world and many distinguished men of the country who were among his life long friends.
Regret Is Universal
Among leading figures in commercial, political and financial world universal regret was expressed last night over the sudden death of Mr. Dunlop. The family residence was laden with messages of condolence.
Mr. Dunlop had the respect of the high and the low. He reached the pinnacle of success as a result of his own endeavors. He forged his way to the front in the leading walks of life and stood out pre-eminently a successful figure.
As the most potent factor in the advancement of the large system of street railways known as the Capital Traction Company and as the President of that system Mr. Dunlop's attainments were best portrayed. He had been President of the company since it was formed, September 21, 1895 and its wonderful expansion and development has been credited to his ability and determination.
He was also a dominant personality in many of Washington's leading corporations and business enterprises. He was a Director in the Washington Title Insurance Company, the Union Trust and Storage Company, the Washington Gaslight Company, the Board of Trade and the American Security and Trust Company. He was also a large stockholder in many concerns including the Riggs Bank, the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, the Merchants Transfer and Storage Company and others. He was quick to lend his support to every important civic project and devoted his time and means to furthering movements having for their purpose the betterment of the city and its people.
Beginning His Career
George Thomas Dunlop was born at Otterburn, Frederick County, Maryland, March 25, 1845 and was the son of Colonel Henry Dunlop. He began his career in Washington in 1860 at the age of fifteen years. The only education he ever received was in a private school prior to his removal to this city. He quit school because of an ambition to make his own way in the world. He secured employment as clerk in the agricultural warehouse of his brother-in-law, where he labored for ten years, the first two for his board alone. In July 1870 Mr. Dunlop succeeded in borrowing the money to buy out the business and taking in a partner proceeded to lay the foundation of his success under the firm name of G.T. Dunlop & Co. The partnership continued until 1878, Mr. Dunlop purchasing the interest of his partner and remaining in business until 1890 at which time he retired having in the twenty years conducted a remarkably successful and lucrative business. He had been for several years a Director of the Washington and Georgetown Railroad company and in 1893 was elected Vice President and manager of that road and acted as President until January 1894 when he was elected President of the company.
The building of the present perfect underground electric system of street railroads was accomplished under the management of Mr. Dunlop and has given to Washington one of the best street railroad systems in the world.
Henry Dunlop (1799 - 1877)
Catharine Louis Ann Thomas Dunlop (1806 - 1872)
Emily Redin Dunlop (1845 - 1920)
Katherine Louis Dunlop (1868 - 1884)*
George Thomas Dunlop (1870 - 1960)*
Emily R. Dunlop Simms (1872 - 1931)*
Grace Glasgow Dunlop Peter (1878 - 1974)*
Eleanor Hope Dunlop (1882 - 1884)*
Walter Grafton Dunlop (1887 - 1952)*
Henry Dunlop (1835 - 1862)*
Ellen Dunlop (1839 - 1907)*
John Thomas Dunlop (1842 - 1907)*
Helen Dunlop Clagett (1843 - 1866)*
George Thomas Dunlop (1845 - 1908)
Catherine Eliza Dunlop Crampton (1847 - 1918)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Van Ness, Lot 180 East.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Dec 27, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45851250