|Birth: ||Jan. 12, 1811|
|Death: ||Jan. 19, 1883|
113 S. 19th Street, 7th Ward
1883-01-20; Paper: Philadelphia Inquirer
"MAJOR EDWIN NORTH
Major Edwin North, a prominent resident of this city, died yesterday afternoon quite suddenly after an illness of only a few hours, at his home, No. 113 South Nineteenth street. Major North was in the seventy-third year of his age, having been born in this city on the 12th of January 1811. He was a son of Col. Caleb North, who commanded a regiment during the Revolution. Major North was educated in this city, partly under the supervision of Rev. Dr. Wylie.
The earlier years of his life developed in the young man the love of novelty and adventure characteristic of his age, and he embraced with eagerness an opportunity to visit Michigan, then in the far West, with a party of fur traders. We next hear of him in business at Mobile and New Orleans, and subsequently returning to this city he received a government appointment as chief clerk and general manager of the United States quartermaster's office on Girard street, near Twelfth.
The position he held for over thirty years, serving under Generals Thomas, Crossman and Rucker. Later he served as quartermaster on the staff of General Provost. He was always fond of military affairs, and as a member of the Washington Grays turned out in defense of law and order during the riots of 1844.
After relinquishing his connection with the Commissary Department of the army Major North devoted himself to his onerous duties as executor of the large Benson estate, a charge which he retained up to the operiod of his death. He was a society man in every sense of the word. His genial temperament was proverbial among his many friends, and he was an active member of the Philadelphia Club, of the Union League, of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the Masonic fraternity, belonging as a Knight Templar to the Kadosh Commandery.
In politics he was a Republican and a staunch patriot. He attended the Methodist Church, and was a man of kindly disposition and benevolent heart and life. The circumstances of his death are particularly touching. It is feared it may have been hastened by the decease of his sister, Miss North, to whom he was tenderly attached, who (both having remained unmarried) made her home in his house, and who died on the evening of Wednesday last, of congestion of the lungs.
Yesterday morning Major North, though naturally dejected, appeared physically as well as ever, but at ten o'clock he was suddenly stricken down, as it seemed with apoplexy, and from that moment sank rapidly, till at three in the afternoon he expired without a struggle. Notice of the funeral will be found in another column. Brother and sister will be laid to rest at the same time."
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