George de Rue MEIKLEJOHN, Congress, NE (1857-1929)


MEIKLEJOHN, George de Rue, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wis., on August 26, 1857; attended the State normal school in Oshkosh, Wis.; principal of the high schools in Weyauwega, Wis., and Liscomb, Iowa; was graduated from the law department of Michigan University at Ann Arbor in 1880; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fullerton, Nance County, Nebr., the same year; prosecuting attorney for Nance County 1881-1884; member of the State senate 1884-1888 and served as its president 1886-1888; chairman of the Republican State convention of 1887; chairman of the Republican State central committee in 1887 and 1888; Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska 1889-1891; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; appointed by President McKinley as Assistant Secretary of War April 14, 1897, and served until March 1901, when he resigned; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1901; resumed the practice of law in Omaha, Nebr.; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1918 and continued the practice of his profession; also interested in mining; died in Los Angeles, Calif., April 19, 1929; interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Glendale, Calif.

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