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George Putnam Washburn
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Birth: Mar. 21, 1846
Brown County
Ohio, USA
Death: May 16, 1922
Ottawa
Franklin County
Kansas, USA

One of the best known 19th century Kansas Architects, and Civil War Union veteran. Graduate of Bryant and Stratton's Commercial College. In 1878 he moved to Kansas City, Mo., to take the job as an architect. He was in charge of the building of the Union Depots at Atchison, Kansas, Denver, Colorado, and Peoria, Illinois. In 1882 he moved to Ottawa and became an architect for the State Board of Charities and was responsible for building several state institutions. In 1893 he built the Franklin County Courthouse (photo is shown to the right). A statue of Justice stands over the west gable, which is a trademark of most of Washburn's courthouses. The courtroom on the second floor, and the exterior of the building were used in the filming of the NBC television movie "Cross of Fire" in 1989. He supervised the construction of the courthouse's in Atchison, Kansas, Pittsfield, Illinois, jails in Olathe, Kansas and Indiana, churches, banks, and schools in Ottawa, Kansas.

During the civil war,George enlisted in Company H, 21st Missouri infantry. He served under General Banks and General Sturgis. Under Sturgis they fought against General Nathan Forrest in the battle of Guntown. He was mustered out of service at St. Louis in April, 1866. In 1870 he married his wife, Alice Sponsler. Cause of death-pneumonia.
Mother: Hannah Boyce - burial site unknown, probably Fairmount Missouri.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Peter Shaw Washburn (1818 - 1882)
 
 Spouse:
  Clara Crawford Washburn (1857 - 1938)*
 
 Children:
  G.H. Thomas Washburn (1890 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  George Putnam Washburn (1846 - 1922)
  Charles Churchill Washburn (1852 - 1905)*
  Matilda Agnes Washburn Thompson (1856 - 1907)*
  Cornelius Shaw Washburn (1866 - 1951)*
  Seth V Washburn (1871 - 1934)*
  Noah H. Washburn (1873 - 1927)*
  Cladius D. Washburn (1876 - 1899)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Highland Cemetery
Ottawa
Franklin County
Kansas, USA
 
Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Mar 27, 2004
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George Putnam Washburn
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George Putnam Washburn
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George Putnam Washburn
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Sturgis along with the North never fared well against Forrest: R.I.P.
- JMW
 Added: Jan. 29, 2014

- JMW
 Added: Jan. 28, 2014

- Barb J "John 3:16"
 Added: May. 9, 2006
 
 
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