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George Wheelwright Hale
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1838
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1914
Cook County
Illinois, USA

From "Memorials of Deceased Companions of the Commandery of the State of Illinois, Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States":


Second Lieutenant Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry United States Volunteers. Died at Chicago, Illinois, October 16, 1914.

GEORGE WHEELWRIGHT HALE was born June 24, 1838, at Lowell, Massachusetts. He was the son of Benjamin Ellery Hale, a Congregational Minister. Some time afterward his father's family moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where Lieut. Hale graduated at the High School. About 1856 the family moved to Beloit, Wisconsin, and Lieut. Hale began a business career as a clerk in a store. When the war broke out he was employed as a clerk in a hotel in Milwaukee and enlisted from Milwaukee.

On May 10, 1861, he enlisted in Company "B" Fifth Wisconsin Infantry and was mustered into the service of the United States at Madison, Wisconsin, on July 13, 1861. As a Sergeant under this command Mr. Hale went through the peninsular campaign, fighting in various engagements, especially those fought by the rear guard of McClellan's seven days retreat. He was in the reserves at Antietam.

On September 1, 1862, Sergeant Hale was discharged to accept a commission as Second Lieutenant and was mustered and assigned to Company "E" Twenty-ninth Wisconsin Infantry, U. S. V., September 2, 1862, at Madison, Wisconsin.

The Twenty-ninth Wisconsin proceeded under Grant's command toward the siege of Vicksburg, and Lieut. Hale was seriously wounded May 1, 1863, at the battle of Port Gibson. He was sent to a Military Hospital at Memphis and in the following June was granted a furlough by a special order from Major General Stephen A. Hurlbut. He was discharged by reason of disability on February 14, 1864. On May 4, 1863, he was commissioned First Lieut, but he was not mustered.

After the war Lieut. Hale was married on June 13, 1865, to Mary Elizabeth White at Beloit, Wisconsin. He then became connected with a paper business in Chicago. His wife died within a year after their marriage.

Shortly after the Chicago fire Lieut. Hale went into partnership with his brother, William E. Hale, under the firm name of W. E. Hale & Company, as manufacturers of hydraulic, passenger and freight elevators. The firm had headquarters in Chicago but Lieut. Hale represented the business for many years in New York, Paris and London, and continued in this business until it was sold out by both partners in 1889. After that time his business consisted in the management of various properties in which he was interested and as trustee of his brother's estate after 1898.

Lieut. Hale was elected a Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion through the Commandery of the State of Illinois on May 2, 1883, Insignia No. 2675. On June 14, 1906, he nominated his nephew, William Browne Hale, son of William E. Hale, as his successor.

Lieut. Hale died at the age of seventy-six (76) on October 16, 1914.



Family links: 
  Benjamin Ellery Hale (1809 - 1877)
  Martha Ann Davis Hale (1806 - 1854)
  Mary Elizabeth White Hale (1839 - 1867)*
  William Ellery Hale (1836 - 1898)*
  George Wheelwright Hale (1838 - 1914)
  Stedman Hanks Hale (1841 - 1895)*
  Anna Adelle Hale Mansfield (1848 - 1895)*
  Mary Lincoln Hale Boyd (1856 - 1935)**
  Charlotte Elizabeth Hale Hager (1860 - ____)**
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
Plot: Section OP-E, block 8, lot 1
GPS (lat/lon): 42.50763, -89.02074
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Record added: Oct 04, 2011
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