George Seaton

Death 1750 (aged 38–39)
Burial West Point, King William County, Virginia, USA
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George Seaton (Seton) (b.11.12.1711, d.1750), He was raised by his father-in-law at Chelsea, and well educated, acquired the large properties of Spottsylvania along with his paternal Estate that he inherited from his father, along with acquiring the mill and estate of Romancoke and "the Brick House". His family line was recorded in he family Bible that was passed on, and noted in the "Old and New Kent County [Virginia]: Some Account of the Planters... vol. 1".
m. (27.12.1734) Elizabeth Hill (daughter of Leonard Hill, Gent. of King William, Essex County)
((A)) Colonel Augustine Seaton (b. 1737, d.10.10.1794) of the Brick House of Romancoke. A gentleman noted for his high-toned bearing, winning manners, and strong good-sense. He acquired 403 acres to expand his estate, but died suddenly at West Point at the residence of his sister and was succeeded by his eldest son.
m. (1776) Mary Winston (dau of Samuel Winston, Esq. of Louisa County, Virginia), she predeceased her husband while her children were young, and they were brought up under the care of the Moore family at Chelsea.
((i)) Augustine Hill Seaton (b.15.05.1780, d.02.1810), suceeded his father but died sp..
m. (1807) Catherine Newman (dau of Lofty Newman)
((ii)) Leonard Hill Seaton (b.13.10.1782, d.04.1826)
m. unknown
((iii)) Hon. William Winston Seaton (b.11.01.1785, d.10.06.1866). Born at Chelsea and educated at Richmond under the tutelage of young Rev. James Ogilvy, the later Earl of Findlater, he was noted as possessing sound judgment and, "an uncommon charm of manner and person", for which he had already been noted in Richmond, especially among the gentler peoples, by whom he was pronounced 'the most elegant young man in Virginia'. He served in the War of 1812-1814, officially attaining the rank of Captain and unofficially to Colonel. His profession that pursued was political journalism and first became Assistant Editor of a Richmond journal, before moving to assume Editorship of that in Petersburg under Colonel Yancey. Following that tenure, he assumed the proprietary editorship of the "North Carolina Journal," in the old capitol town of Halifax, and gained a brilliant reputation. After some years there and in Raleigh, he moved with his brother-in-law to Washington, and assumed editorship of the 'The National Intelligencer and Washington Advertiser', on 31st of October, 1800.

He was a strong supporter of the administration of Thomas Jefferson of the United States, and was noted as being very familiar with the President and well-established in the society in Washington and held great influence in Congress. Throughout much of his life he maintained an interest and constant co-operation in the Colonization Society, becoming Vice-President there, and was an executive member of the American Colonization Society. He entered into politics, and became Mayor of the City of Washington D.C. (1840-1850), and it was during his mayoralty that the corner-stone of the Washington Monument was laid, with elaborate ceremonies and much enthusiasm. In his later years, he devoted himself to the funding of the creation of the Smithsonian Institution, and became it's Treasurer and subsequently one of the building committee members, which latter he held until his death. He was also one of the founders of the Unitarian Church in Washington, and entertained the French General LaFayette there, along with other functions as well. During his 10 years as mayor, was instrumental in the development of the city's public education system and in numerous civic improvements, including telegraph and gas lines as well as the construction of the first waterworks.

As reports came to America of the growing famine in Ireland in 1846, he began the first movement for famine-relief, to which he labored continually, and which culminated in the provisions ship, 'General Harrison' being commissioned and dispatched, laden with $10,000 worth of provisions sent to Cork and Galway, and the Frigate Macedonian, and was the very first to start this movement in the United States. In 1850, he retired from the mayoralty after an unexampled length of service and peremptorily declining with advancing age, he retired from publishing and editorship and undertook travels in Europe, and later of complications of skin cancer in Washington. D.C. on the 10th of June, 1866.

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