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Wheeler, George Wakeman


        George Wakeman Wheeler, son of Charles and Jerusha (Bradley) Wheeler, was born at Easton, Fairfield County, Connecticut, October 15th, 1831. The name Wheeler is one well known in judicial and legislative circles in the State of Connecticut. Stephen Wheeler, grandfather of George W., served with distinction for some years as county Judge of Fairfield county. His father, Charles Wheeler, was a member of Assembly of his state, serving also as Probate Judge of his county. Mr. Wheeler's only brother was a member of the State Senate and a judge in Louisiana, and continuing down the line, his son George W. Wheeler, Jr., is a judge of the Superior Court of Connecticut. Mr. Wheeler was graduated from Amherst College in 1856, having taken his preparatory course at Dudley School, Northampton, Mass. After graduation he

taught school for a short period after which he located at Hackensack, and conducted classes in Greek and Latin for two years, and following this, in 1859, became principal of McGee's Institute at Woodville, Miss., continuing in this position ten years. He was county superintendent during three years of this time, and also a member of the board of aldermen. Here also he assisted in organizing a local cavalry company of which he served as a member with the rank of major. In the Masonic order he was a prominent member being High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter. Mr. Wheeler has resided in Hackensack continuously since 1869, and where he for a time was associated with James M. Van Valen and Peter Bogert, Jr., as judge of the Common Pleas Court. For the past thirty years he has occupied his present offices, where he is engaged in the management of estates and as a broker in stocks and bonds. Interested in various institutions and organizations, he has been president and director of Hall and Armory Association since its organization; was a director of the Bank of Bergen County, and the Hackensack Savings Bank; is treasurer and director of the Hackensack Cemetery Company; is a member of the State Geological Board; and was for ten years president of the Bergen Turnpike Company, and later its vice president. For a long period he was a director of the Hackensack Gas Company, and for twenty-seven years represented the Home Insurance Company for Bergen County, but resigned in 1897, at which time the company as a proof of their appreciation of his service, tendered him a letter of thanks accompanied with the presentation of a fine gold headed cane. In his religious relations he is an Episcopalian and in politics a Democrat.

    Mr. Wheeler was married in 1859 to Miss Lucy Dowie, of Andes, Delaware County, N. Y. Their only children are Judge George W. Wheeler, Jr., of Connecticut, and Harry D., who resides in Hackensack, doing a commission business in New York City.

    Mr. Wheeler is a man of culture and refinement; has been an extensive traveler, and is a thorough and capable business man.

James Van Valen, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1900