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