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James George Mitchell

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James George Mitchell Veteran

Birth
Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death
19 Jul 1919 (aged 72)
Perry Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial
Hamilton, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA Add to Map
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James was the son of Thomas Sharp Mitchell & Sarah E. Blose. He was born in Perry Twp., Jefferson Co., PA.

He married Caroline ("Callie") Neal.

They had three children: David Barkley; an infant son; & Mabel C. (McCartney).

James served during the Civil War as a Private and Drummer in Co. A., 105th Regiment, PA Infantry.

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Hon. James George Mitchell, who owns the old Mitchell homestead at Hamilton, where he resides, has been a leader in the workings of the Republican party in Jefferson county for years, and has served in both branches of the State legislature, as well as in local offices.

Mr. Mitchell has always made his home at Hamilton (Perrysville). He was born there Jan. 15, 1847, son of Thomas Sharp Mitchell. He went to the common schools in his early boyhood, and when he started work, was put to learn the trade of plasterer, at which he was employed for twelve years in all. Meantime, in 1861, though only a boy, he succeeded in having his services accepted in the Union army, joining Company A, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers, as a drummer boy. He served creditably throughout the conflict, after which he resumed work at his trade. But he was ambitious, and several years later he courageously engaged in merchandising on his own account, having a general store at Hamilton which he carried on for a period of thirty years, until his retirement from the business in 1909. At that time he sold out to Cook Brothers, the present proprietors of the establishment, which he had developed until it was one of the largest and best patronized in this part of the State. He now employs his time looking after his other interests, including the old Mitchell homestead of two hundred acres at Hamilton, which he owns.

Possessed of an energetic temperament and vigorous mental qualities, it was but natural that Mr. Mitchell should become a leader in the affairs of general interest to his locality. From early manhood he devoted himself to promoting the welfare of the Republican party, and, in turn, has been chosen frequently for party honors. His first important office was that of county auditor, to which he was elected in 1872. In 1892, he received the nomination for assemblyman from this district, but was defeated, though he ran ahead of his ticket. The same year, however, he was nominated and elected to represent his district, Indiana and Jefferson counties, in the State Senate, and upon the completion of his first term of four years was renominated without opposition and elected by 580 more votes than McKinley received in the district. In 1908, he was chosen for the lower house of the State Legislature.

Mr. Mitchell's versatility has been surprising indeed. He has not confined either his interest or his activities to any one line, yet he has done well in every field into which his labors have called him. His success as a merchant, in the management of his financial affairs, may be attributed as much to his obliging disposition and reliability of character as to his business qualities. His political triumphs are admitted to be the result of a natural fitness for leadership, demonstrated in many trials both in achievements for the success of his party and in statesmanship as an assemblyman and senator. Untiring energy, perseverance in the face of all obstacles, and unflagging zeal, have marked his course in every campaign which he has undertaken to assist. In his campaigns he has placed the interest of his party before all other considerations, a course which has at times brought him into conflict with men not so inclined, nevertheless he possesses a host of friends and but few enemies, and not even the most pronounced of the latter would aver that he has ever been known to perform a dishonorable act throughout his highly creditable business and political career. In fact, friends and opponents alike are agreed as to his personal qualities, a point of unusual significance in the case of a man so decided and uncompromising in politics.

For several years Mr. Mitchell was postmaster at Hamilton, was removed from the office by President Cleveland, and was reappointed by President Harrison. At one time, he took an active part in the affairs of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, and for ten years was a captain in its ranks. Socially, he belongs to the I.O.O.F. lodge at Hamilton, Pa., and to the B. P. O. Elks lodge at Punxsutawney.

In 1868, Mr. Mitchell was married to Caroline Neel, daughter of James C. and Catherine (Hadden) Neel, and of the two children born to them David Barkley died when six years old; Mabel C. married B. F. McCartney, a coal operator, of Altoona. Pa., and they have three children, James G. M., John C. and Margaret Pauline. Mrs. Mitchell is a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell have a fine home at Hamilton, where they are most popular.

Source : Jefferson County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People, Volume II, 1917 (pages 30, 268 and 290)
James was the son of Thomas Sharp Mitchell & Sarah E. Blose. He was born in Perry Twp., Jefferson Co., PA.

He married Caroline ("Callie") Neal.

They had three children: David Barkley; an infant son; & Mabel C. (McCartney).

James served during the Civil War as a Private and Drummer in Co. A., 105th Regiment, PA Infantry.

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Hon. James George Mitchell, who owns the old Mitchell homestead at Hamilton, where he resides, has been a leader in the workings of the Republican party in Jefferson county for years, and has served in both branches of the State legislature, as well as in local offices.

Mr. Mitchell has always made his home at Hamilton (Perrysville). He was born there Jan. 15, 1847, son of Thomas Sharp Mitchell. He went to the common schools in his early boyhood, and when he started work, was put to learn the trade of plasterer, at which he was employed for twelve years in all. Meantime, in 1861, though only a boy, he succeeded in having his services accepted in the Union army, joining Company A, 105th Pennsylvania Volunteers, as a drummer boy. He served creditably throughout the conflict, after which he resumed work at his trade. But he was ambitious, and several years later he courageously engaged in merchandising on his own account, having a general store at Hamilton which he carried on for a period of thirty years, until his retirement from the business in 1909. At that time he sold out to Cook Brothers, the present proprietors of the establishment, which he had developed until it was one of the largest and best patronized in this part of the State. He now employs his time looking after his other interests, including the old Mitchell homestead of two hundred acres at Hamilton, which he owns.

Possessed of an energetic temperament and vigorous mental qualities, it was but natural that Mr. Mitchell should become a leader in the affairs of general interest to his locality. From early manhood he devoted himself to promoting the welfare of the Republican party, and, in turn, has been chosen frequently for party honors. His first important office was that of county auditor, to which he was elected in 1872. In 1892, he received the nomination for assemblyman from this district, but was defeated, though he ran ahead of his ticket. The same year, however, he was nominated and elected to represent his district, Indiana and Jefferson counties, in the State Senate, and upon the completion of his first term of four years was renominated without opposition and elected by 580 more votes than McKinley received in the district. In 1908, he was chosen for the lower house of the State Legislature.

Mr. Mitchell's versatility has been surprising indeed. He has not confined either his interest or his activities to any one line, yet he has done well in every field into which his labors have called him. His success as a merchant, in the management of his financial affairs, may be attributed as much to his obliging disposition and reliability of character as to his business qualities. His political triumphs are admitted to be the result of a natural fitness for leadership, demonstrated in many trials both in achievements for the success of his party and in statesmanship as an assemblyman and senator. Untiring energy, perseverance in the face of all obstacles, and unflagging zeal, have marked his course in every campaign which he has undertaken to assist. In his campaigns he has placed the interest of his party before all other considerations, a course which has at times brought him into conflict with men not so inclined, nevertheless he possesses a host of friends and but few enemies, and not even the most pronounced of the latter would aver that he has ever been known to perform a dishonorable act throughout his highly creditable business and political career. In fact, friends and opponents alike are agreed as to his personal qualities, a point of unusual significance in the case of a man so decided and uncompromising in politics.

For several years Mr. Mitchell was postmaster at Hamilton, was removed from the office by President Cleveland, and was reappointed by President Harrison. At one time, he took an active part in the affairs of the National Guard of Pennsylvania, and for ten years was a captain in its ranks. Socially, he belongs to the I.O.O.F. lodge at Hamilton, Pa., and to the B. P. O. Elks lodge at Punxsutawney.

In 1868, Mr. Mitchell was married to Caroline Neel, daughter of James C. and Catherine (Hadden) Neel, and of the two children born to them David Barkley died when six years old; Mabel C. married B. F. McCartney, a coal operator, of Altoona. Pa., and they have three children, James G. M., John C. and Margaret Pauline. Mrs. Mitchell is a member of the Methodist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell have a fine home at Hamilton, where they are most popular.

Source : Jefferson County, Pennsylvania - Her Pioneers and People, Volume II, 1917 (pages 30, 268 and 290)

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/61979512/james_george-mitchell: accessed ), memorial page for James George Mitchell (15 Jan 1847–19 Jul 1919), Find a Grave Memorial ID 61979512, citing White Church Cemetery, Hamilton, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania, USA; Maintained by Don Ludwig (contributor 48084204).