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George Cookman Sturgiss

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George Cookman Sturgiss
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1911
Preceded byThomas B. Davis
Succeeded byWilliam Gay Brown, Jr.
Member of the West Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born(1842-08-16)August 16, 1842
Poland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1925(1925-02-26) (aged 82)
Resting placeOak Grove Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

George Cookman Sturgiss (August 16, 1842 – February 26, 1925) was a lawyer and Republican politician who served as United States Representative for West Virginia's 2nd congressional district. He was a member of the 60th and 61st United States Congresses.


Sturgiss was born in Poland, Ohio in Mahoning County and attended country schools. In 1859, he moved to Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia). He attended and then taught at Monongalia Academy in Morgantown. He was admitted to the bar in 1863 and entered practice at Morgantown. During the Civil War he served as a clerk under Maj. James V. Boughner, paymaster of United States Volunteers. After the war, he became superintendent of free schools for Monongalia County and served in that capacity from 1865 to 1869.

From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates. He then served as prosecuting attorney from 1872 to 1880. He became Republican nominee for Governor in 1880 but lost to Jacob B. Jackson. Subsequently, he was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as United States Attorney for the district of West Virginia in 1889 and served four years. He was the first president of the State board of trade and of the State association for the promotion of good roads.

In 1906, he was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and then to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1911). His candidacy for re-election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress was unsuccessful. He then became a trustee of American University in Washington, D.C. He was instrumental in the construction of the Morgantown & Kingwood Railroad. He served on the bench as a judge of the circuit court from 1912 to 1920. He practiced law at Morgantown until his death on February 26, 1925, and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.

See also


  • United States Congress. "George Cookman Sturgiss (id: S001049)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

External links

Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for Governor of West Virginia
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
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