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George S. Hale


Centurion, 1894–1897

Full Name George Silsbee Hale

Born 24 September 1825 in Keene, New Hampshire

Died 27 July 1897 in Bar Harbor, Maine

Buried Woodland Cemetery, Keene, New Hampshire

Proposed by George S. Greene Jr., James C. Carter, and Henry D. Sedgwick

Elected 6 October 1894 at age sixty-nine

Century Memorial

George S. Hale, one of our non-resident members, was one of the most prominent members of the Boston Bar. He was surrounded by a literary atmosphere from his birth, his father, Salma Hale, being the editor of The Political Observatory and the author of two histories of the United States, a member of Congress when it was an honor, and Secretary of the Commission under the Treaty of Ghent for determining the boundary line between the United States and the British Provinces.

Mr. Hale practised law in Boston for over fifty years, held important public positions as President of the Common Council, and as a member of the Massachusetts Legislature and trustee on many boards of charitable, educational and public institutions. He was counsel for the old Boston and Worcester Road, and was known as a true and safe adviser, and is said to have drawn more wills than any other man in Boston.

He had a fine literary taste, and took a great interest in the social functions of the day. He edited many legal reports, and was the author of many historical and legal essays. As a member of the St. Botolph Club he was brought into sympathy with us. He was a fine type of a scholarly and polished gentleman of the old school.

Henry E. Howland
1898 Century Association Yearbook