George Henry Harlow

George Henry Harlow

Birth
Sackets Harbor, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death 16 May 1900 (aged 69)
Highland Park, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Burial Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Plot Block 9, 55
Memorial ID 25430653 · View Source
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Many citizens of Springfield were prepared long ago for the announcement made yesterday of the death in Chicago of Col. George H. Harlow, formerly secretary of state. It was about seven years ago that Colonel Harlow experienced the first stroke of paralysis which gave warning of the final result. During the past three years Colonel Harlow has seldom been conscious of transpiring events. He has been entirely dependent upon the ministrations of his faithful wife, even to the smallest details of daily life and it has been only at long intervals that the cloud upon his mind has lifted sufficiently to permit him to realize his surroundings and respond to the faithful, loving heart which shared the sad burden. Friends who have known of this sorrowful situation have expected for a long time to hear any day of the third stroke and the announcement brought only the realization of their expectations.

During the eight years of his incumbency of the office of secretary of state, Colonel Harlow and his family resided in this city, living a number of years in the King residence at Fifth and Vine streets, and several years in the Lincoln Home residence, Eighth and Edwards streets. He was an active Episcopalian and during those years was one of the wardens or vestrymen at St. Paul's, and his family were prominently identified with the church work. There were several sons and daughters in the family, most of whom married after the removal of the family to Chicago, in 1881. Austin, the oldest son, married and settled in Butte, Mont., where he has attained prominence in railroad circles. The oldest daughter, Bessie, contracted a matrimonial alliance which did not result happily and died several years ago. Another daughter was married to a young Englishman of good family and is residing in Europe. Still another daughter is single and made her home with the parents.

Secretary Harlow was elected by the Republicans while a resident of Tazewell county, in 1873, and was re-elected in 1877. He was known as a good officer and was particularly favored with a large circle of friends on account of his uniform jovial manner and approachable nature. He was ever ready to respond to appeals for personal aid and befriended many an unfortunate. While at times enabled to acquire an income of considerable proportions, he was never an accumulator of money and it is understood does not have an estate. His family will have the sorrowing sympathy of an exceedingly large circle of friends in Springfield who have naught to recall of him that was not kind.

IL State Journal, Springfield, IL, 5-18-1900


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  • Maintained by: Mary Alice Crowther
  • Originally Created by: Charles W Brown
  • Added: 21 Mar 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25430653
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Henry Harlow (5 Sep 1830–16 May 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25430653, citing Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Mary Alice Crowther (contributor 46920772) .