GEORGE C. CLYDE, member of the Sixtieth General Assembly from the county of Miami, Ohio, was born December 13,
1819, in Delaware county, Pennsylvania. His parents were natives of Scotland, and had been in the United States
about one year previous to his birth. They emigrated to the then far west, crossing the mountains in a small one
horse wagon, with no means, and all they had of worldly goods in a small chest, and landed at Troy, Miami county,
Ohio, in September, 1821. In December, 1821, they joined the McCoy Indian Mission and moved to Fort Wayne, but
shortly after the Mission was removed to Michigan, and, not desiring to follow, returned to Troy, Miami county,
remaining in the vicinity a short time, and then removed to Xenia, Greene county, Ohio, where the subject of this
sketch received such an education as the facilities at that time afforded, in a select school under the instruction
of Rev. Hugh McMillam for the last two years, and closing at the age of fourteen, at which time, by a removal back
to Miami county, and settlement on a small tract of land remote from school advantages, no farther progress was
made in education. He then commenced a course of hard, laborious toil, such as is incident to a new woody country,
living in a small log cabin, and laboring to clear away the heavy forest and open up a farm.
At the age of twenty one he married Miss P. Knight, who was about the same age, and with whom he lived thirty years,
and reared a family of seven children, three sons and four daughters, who are all still living. The mother and
wife died November 6, 1871.
At the age of twenty one he was elected Township Treasurer of Lost Creek township, to which office he was elected
for nineteen consecutive years, at the end of which time, in October, 1859, he was elected County Treasurer of
Miami county, which office he held four years, and remained for two years succeeding as an assistant to M. G. Mitchell,
who was elected as his successor.
At the October election of 1866 he was elected County Auditor of Miami county, and re-elected in October, 1868,
for two years, which term was, by act of Legislature changing the time of commencement of the office, extended
eight months, terminating November, 1871.
At the October election of 1871 he was elected as Representative for Miami county to the lower branch of the Ohio
Legislature, which position he now occupies.
Biographical Sketches of the
State Officers and of the members
of the Sixtieth General Assembly
of the State of Ohio.
By: W. Sarwin Crabb.
Ohio State Journal Book and Job Rooms.
Columbus, Ohio 1872
Ohio State Officials and the 60th General Assembly
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