George Brinton McCLELLAN, Congress, NY (1865-1940)


McCLELLAN, George Brinton, a Representative from New York; born November 23, 1865, in Dresden, Saxony, where his parents were visiting; attended St. John’s School, Sing Sing (now Ossining), N.Y.; was graduated from Princeton College in 1886; worked as a reporter and in editorial positions on several New York newspapers; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in New York City; treasurer of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge 1889-1893; president of the Board of Aldermen of New York City in 1893 and 1894; delegate to all Democratic National, State, and city conventions between 1890 and 1903; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, to December 21, 1903, when he resigned, having been elected mayor of New York City; served as mayor from 1903 to 1910; university lecturer on public affairs 1908-1912; elected professor of economic history at Princeton University in 1912; an incorporator, trustee, and vice president of the American Academy in Rome; during the First World War entered the military service as major in the Ordnance Department in May 1917 and was honorably discharged in May 1919 as lieutenant colonel; commissioned colonel in the Ordnance Officers’ Reserve Corps; resumed his position at Princeton University; resided in Washington, D.C., until his death on November 30, 1940; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.


McClellan, George B. The Gentleman and the Tiger. Edited from the original manuscript in the possession of the New-York Historical Society, by Harold C. Syrett. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1956.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present