Biography of George H. Amos
Marion County, IA Biographies





George H. Amos, who was a member of the firm of Amos & Davis, proprietors of a well known hardware store in Knoxville, is one of the youngest business men in the city, as he was born in 1893. His birth occurred in Boston, Massachusetts, and he is a son of George L. and Ida (Harris) Amos. His father was born in Monroe, Iowa, and was a son of E. H. Amos, a. native of Ohio. The latter was one of the first settlers of this state and entered government land in Marion county. He became very prominent here and was president of the Knoxville National Bank, of which he was one of the organizers. George L. Amos was by occupation a stock buyer and shipper and was known in that connection throughout the United States. He bought horses all over the western part of the country, purchasing them by the train load and selling them throughout the east. He was known in Chicago as one of the biggest shippers of horses operating through that city. Many of the horses which he bought were finally exported, as his father in law was engaged in that business and bought many horses from him. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Miss Ida Harris, was a daughter of Henry S. and Matilda Harris, residents of Boston. The father and paternal grandfather of our subject both died in 1901, but his mother survives and lives in Boston. His paternal grandmother is also living and makes her home in Knoxville.

George H. Amos was the only child born to his parents and was given an excellent education. After completing the course offered by the public schools he entered the Rindge Technical College, from which he was graduated in 1912. He was employed by the Cambridge Trust Company for six months and then was connected with Stone & Webster for a year. At the end of that time he came to Knoxville and purchased an interest in the hardware business known as Amos & Davis, of which he later became sole owner. The store is one of the longest established ones in the city, having been founded in 1865, and he received lucrative patronage, but on the 1st of November, 1914, he sold out.

Mr. Amos is liberal in his religious views and in politics casts an independent ballot, preferring to support the candidate Thom he deems best fitted for the office in question without regard to party affiliation. Although he has been a resident of Knoxville but a short time, he has already gained the confidence and respect of the community and has also made many warm friends among his fellow townsmen.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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