Biography of George P. McLean
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GEORGE P. McLEAN, SIMSBURY: Attorney at Law.

George P. McLean was born in Simsbury, October 7, 1857. He was educated at the public schools of his native town and at the Hartford High School, from which latter institution he graduated in 1877. After leaving school he became connected with the Hartford Evening Post, on the reportorial staff of which journal he did excellent service, but soon abandoned journalism for the law, for which he has special taste and ability. After a thorough course of legal study in the office of Hon. Henry C. Robinson, he was admitted to the Hartford county bar in 1881, and has remained in practice in the city of Hartford to the present time retaining his residence in Simsbury. Mr. McLean represented his town with honor and distinction in the general assembly during the sessions of 1883 and 1884, his facility in debate and argumentative powers making him one of the most influential members on the republican side. As chairman of the State Prison committee in 1883 he reported the bill establishing the board of pardons and delivered a strong and successful speech in support of the measure. On the organization of the board in November of the same year, he was unanimously elected clerk, and still retains the position. In 1885 Governor Harrison appointed him a member of the commission on revising the public statutes, and, on its organization, he was elected secretary. In the fall of 1885 he was elected state senator from the third district, and was naturally accorded in the upper house the same influential position which his ability and usefulness had secured for him in the lower branch of the legislature two years before. During the presidential canvass in 1884 he stumped the state in support of Blaine and Logan, and performed considerable similar service in the campaign of 1888. The versatility of his gifts as an orator has been often illustrated before critical audiences, and on more than one occasion he has received distinguished compliments from eminent sources, of which he would. be justified in feeling proud.

From:
Illustrated Popular Biography
Of Connecticut
Compiled and Published by J. A. Spalding
Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Co.
Hartford, Conn. 1891


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