Col George Walton Flower

Col George Walton Flower Veteran

Birth
Theresa, Jefferson County, New York, USA
Death
4 May 1881 (aged 50)
Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA
Burial
Watertown, Jefferson County, New York, USA GPS-Latitude: 43.9362833, Longitude: -75.9108112
Plot
X Vault, Lot 03 05L
Memorial ID
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The gates of Brookside Cemetery where he is interred are dedicated to Col. George W. Flower, first Mayor of Watertown, New York. Born August 5th, 1830 in Theresa New York, he was 1 of 9 children. His early interest in politics began when he took part in the Fremont and Lincoln campaigns. At the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited what became Company C, Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, he was unanimously elected to the captaincy. Retiring from the Army a Colonel, Flower became successful in business and established himself as an honorable businessman and valued citizen. His fine reputation helped him achieve the popularity that saw him elected first Mayor of Watertown, NY, in 1869. After retirement from politics George resumed merchantile business and eventually moved toward building operations. He was responsible for the construction of the Watertown & Sackets Harbor railroad, and the The State Armory at Watertown. Colonel Flower, having contracted a serious cold, died of acute pneumonia in the Union Square Hotel of New York city, May 4, 1881. He left behind wife Mary Elizabeth (Putnam), daughter Mary Elizabeth Robinson and son Frederick S. Flower. George W. Flower was the brother of Roswell P. Flower, NY Governor (1892-94).
The gates of Brookside Cemetery where he is interred are dedicated to Col. George W. Flower, first Mayor of Watertown, New York. Born August 5th, 1830 in Theresa New York, he was 1 of 9 children. His early interest in politics began when he took part in the Fremont and Lincoln campaigns. At the outbreak of the Civil War he recruited what became Company C, Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers, he was unanimously elected to the captaincy. Retiring from the Army a Colonel, Flower became successful in business and established himself as an honorable businessman and valued citizen. His fine reputation helped him achieve the popularity that saw him elected first Mayor of Watertown, NY, in 1869. After retirement from politics George resumed merchantile business and eventually moved toward building operations. He was responsible for the construction of the Watertown & Sackets Harbor railroad, and the The State Armory at Watertown. Colonel Flower, having contracted a serious cold, died of acute pneumonia in the Union Square Hotel of New York city, May 4, 1881. He left behind wife Mary Elizabeth (Putnam), daughter Mary Elizabeth Robinson and son Frederick S. Flower. George W. Flower was the brother of Roswell P. Flower, NY Governor (1892-94).

Bio by: Hope Marshall


Inscription

Brothers: Late NY Governor, Roswell Pettibone Flower; and, Anson Flower.

Above Flower Brothers buried in Brookside. Flower Chapel in Background of Roberts Mausoleum in photo at right.
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Col George Flower is descended from English stock, one Lamrock Flower having emigrated from that country to Connecticut.(2) His father, Nathan Monroe Flower, whose ancestors came to Connecticut in 1696 and settled in New Hartford, was born at Oak Hill, Greene County, in this State. Nathan Flower learned the wool-carding and cloth-dressing trade in his father's mill at Oak Hill, and when he became of age, established business for himself in Cooperstown, Otsego County. At Cherry Valley, in the same county, he married Mary Ann Boyle, and soon after moved to the northern wilderness and established a wool-carding and cloth-making business at Theresa.

Gravesite Details

Civil War Veteran--Company C, Thirty-fifth Regiment, New York Volunteers.