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George W. Baxter

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George W. Baxter
George White Baxter.jpg
7th Governor of Wyoming Territory
In office
November 11, 1886 – December 20, 1886
Preceded byFrancis E. Warren
Succeeded byElliot S. N. Morgan
Personal details
Born(1855-01-07)January 7, 1855
Hendersonville, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedDecember 18, 1929(1929-12-18) (aged 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

George White Baxter (January 7, 1855 – December 18, 1929) was an American politician who served as territorial governor of Wyoming from November 11, 1886 – December 20, 1886.

Early years

Baxter was born in Hendersonville, North Carolina on January 7, 1855, the son of Judge John Baxter and Orra Alexander Baxter.[1] When he was two years old, Baxter's family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lived much of his life.[2]

Baxter attended university in Knoxville but later continued his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He left Knoxville and enrolled at West Point in 1873 and graduated in 1877. After graduating he was commissioned a second lieutenant and he served in the Third United States Cavalry for three years.[2] Baxter arrived in Wyoming in 1881 after leaving the Army.

Political career

On November 11, 1886 Baxter was appointed the governor of the then-U.S. territory of Wyoming by President Grover Cleveland.[2] He replaced Francis E. Warren, who faced scrutiny for his business dealings. Baxter's time as governor was short-lived, however; he served in the position until only December 20, 1886. He resigned the office and was replaced, temporarily by the Secretary of the Territory, Elliot S.N. Morgan.[3]

Baxter returned to politics in 1889, serving as a delegate to the Wyoming Constitutional Convention. Later, in 1890, he made an unsuccessful run for governor of Wyoming. He returned to Knoxville in 1892 and entered private business.[2]

Baxter was married to Margaret White McGhee, daughter of Knoxville businessman Charles McClung McGhee.[4]


Baxter died in New York City in 1929.


  1. ^ Charles A. Newell, Jr., "John Baxter," NCPedia, 1979. Retrieved: 1 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Wyoming State Archives - Reference, Research and Historical Photographs - Governors". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Wyoming State Archives - Reference, Research and Historical Photographs - Governors". Archived from the original on July 27, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Zella Armstrong, Notable Southern Families, Vol. 1 (Lookout Publishing Company, 1918), p. 149.

Further reading

Party political offices
First Democratic nominee for Governor of Wyoming
Succeeded by
John Eugene Osborne
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