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 George Abraham Buskirk

George Abraham Buskirk

Birth
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Death 21 Jul 1874 (aged 44)
Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Burial Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA
Plot Spencer Addition, Lot 351
Memorial ID 54199248 · View Source
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GEORGE A. BUSKIRK: (deceased) was born August 10, 1829, in Monroe County, Ind. He was the son of Abram and Mary A. Buskirk, who came to Bloomington in 1831. Having finished his education in the public schools of Bloomington, while yet a lad he was taken into the office of David Browning, Clerk of Monroe County Circuit Court. He had entered the Preparatory Department of the State University, and had just completed the Freshman year, when the Mexican war broke out. He enlisted in First Indiana Regiment, at La Fayette, but was soon afterward transferred to the Third Indiana, under Col. James H. Lane, and served till the close of the war, being a participant in the battle of Buena Vista. On his return to Bloomington, he served in the office of Jesse Brandon (editor of a Democratic paper), for two years, thus acquiring a practical knowledge of the details of the printing business. In 1848, he began the study of law with Samuel H. Buskirk, soon after which he entered the Law Department of the State University, graduating in 1850. He was soon after elected Justice of the Peace, serving for several years. In 1856, he was elected Judge of the Court for the district embracing Morgan, Monroe and Brown Counties, and re-elected in I860, the counties of Shelby and Johnson having been added. In 1867, he was selected by the Legislature as Agent of State, and assumed the control of the funds set aside by the State for the payment of the State debt, managing the trust with skill and fidelity. In 1868, he was elected Representative of Monroe County in the Lower House of General Assembly, and at the regular session in 1869 he was elected Speaker, presiding with signal ability over the deliberations of that body. In 1871, he organized the First National Bank of 'Bloomington, and was chosen President by the Board of Directors. During the last three or four years of his life, he withdrew from public affairs, devoting himself entirely to private interests. He was married, August 5, 1854, to Martha Hardesty, daughter of Samuel and Susanna Hardesty, early pioneers of Bloomington. ' His death, which occurred July 21, 1874, caused by a severe stroke of apoplexy, was greatly mourned by the citizens of Bloomington. He was an active member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Knights of Pythias. His valuable services during the war were so appreciated by Gov. Morton that he was appointed Colonel of the Indiana Legion. - Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana Historical and Biographical, By Charles Blanchard, Published by F. A. Battey & Co, 1884, Page 556
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Burial Records state: BUSKIRK, GEORGE A / Date of Death - 7/21/1874 / Last Residence - (Blank) / Place of Birth - (Blank) / Age - 44 / Gender - M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - Spencer Addition, 351
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BUSKIRK, George A.
Died on 21 July 1874. (Mr. Buskirk's name was among a list of deceased members of the Knights of Pythias who were being honored at a memorial service conducted by lodge members.)
Bloomington World, May 17, 1895.
Newspaper Archives, I.U. Library.


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  • Created by: genealogyfever
  • Added: 27 Jun 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54199248
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Abraham Buskirk (10 Aug 1829–21 Jul 1874), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54199248, citing Rose Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, Monroe County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by genealogyfever (contributor 46554566) .