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George Washington PECK

(1818-1905)

PECK, George Washington, a Representative from Michigan; born in New York City June 4, 1818; pursued classical studies; attended Yale College; studied law in New York City; moved to Michigan in 1839 and settled in Brighton, Livingston County; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Brighton the same year; member of the State house of representatives in 1846 and 1847 and served as speaker the last term; moved to Lansing, Mich., when the State capital was located there in 1847; was the first postmaster of Lansing; secretary of state of Michigan in 1848 and 1849; editor and proprietor of the Lansing Journal; State printer 1852-1855; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857); unsuccessful for reelection in 1856 to the Thirty-fifth Congress; mayor of Lansing in 1864; moved to East Saginaw, Mich., and engaged in the practice of law 1864-1873; moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1873, to Hot Springs, Ark., in 1880, and to Bismarck, Mo., in 1882; died in Saginaw, Mich., June 30, 1905; interment in Brady Hill Cemetery.

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

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