George Read II

George Read II

Birth
New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death 3 Sep 1836 (aged 71)
New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Burial New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Memorial ID 13341418 · View Source
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Hon. George Read, (2d), of Delaware, eldest surviving son of George Read, the signer, was born at New Castle the 17th of August, 1765, at the Read mansion. He married, on the 30th of October, 1786, Mary Thompson, daughter of General William Thompson, a distinguished Revolutionary officer, at the latter’s country seat, near Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Thompson was Catharine Ross, the sister of Gertrude Ross, wife of George Read, the signer. George Read, (2d), was an eminent jurist, and for nearly thirty years was United States district attorney of Delaware. He was the owner of large plantations in Mississippi. He died at the Read mansion on the 3d September, 1836, and was buried at Emmanuel Church. He was a handsome, dark-haired man, of rich complexion and courtly manners. His portrait was painted by Wortmüller. He restored the Read mansion, and entertained Lafayette there most sumptuously on the latter’s second visit to America. Hon. George Read (3d), of Delaware, son of George Read (2d), of Delaware, was born in the Read mansion, at New Castle, Delaware, June 4, 1788, and married, the 19th of April, 1810, Louisa Ridgeley Dorsey, whose family resided near Baltimore, Maryland, her father being Dr. Nathan Dorsey, a surgeon in the Revolutionary navy, who afterwards became an eminent physician in Philadelphia. After graduating at Princeton with honors, in 1806, he studied law with his father, and was called to the bar in Delaware. Distinguished as a lawyer, he was still more eminent as an advocate and remarkable for his conversational powers, fine taste and extensive and varied literary attainments. Frank, generous, benevolent, gentle and unassuming in manner, it was said of him that the general regard that his many admirable qualities attracted was only surpassed by the warm attachment, much more than any man we have known, which he elicited from his immediate friends. His father had occupied for many years the post of United States district attorney, and he also filled that office with ability during the administrations of three of our Presidents. George Read (3d), died at the family mansion, in New Castle, on the 1st of November, 1837, and on the eve of his nomination to the United States Senate. He had constantly refused the highest state and national offices.


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  • Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 13 Feb 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13341418
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Read II (17 Aug 1765–3 Sep 1836), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13341418, citing Immanuel Episcopal Churchyard, New Castle, New Castle County, Delaware, USA ; Maintained by Gregory Speciale (contributor 31762373) .