Biography of Colonel George P. Greenhalgh
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Colonel George Patridge Greenhalgh, president of the Toledo Automatic Brush Machine Company and vice president and treasurer of The Kent-Owens Machine Company, engaged in the manufacture of automatic machinery, was born at St. Louis, Missouri, March 19, 1878, a son of William L. and Harriet M. Greenhalgh He was educated in the public schools of Jacksonville, Illinois, and Lafayette. Indiana, before entering Yale University in 1897. There he was graduated in 1901 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts and in the fall of the same year he matriculated in the Harvard Law School, in which he completed his course in 1905. Locating at Toledo, he was admitted to the Ohio bar the following year and for a time practiced law in the office of. Hamilton & Kirby and later of Brown, Geddes, Schmettau & Williams, and of Smith & Beckwith. He served as assistant prosecuting attorney of Lucas county under Holland Webster from 1910 until 1913, when he resigned his official position to engage in the private practice of law and was associated with Clifford Whitmore until the summer of 1916, when as captain of Troop D, First Ohio Cavalry, Mr. Greenhalgh was ordered into federal service on the Mexican border, from which he returned in March, 1917.

In May of the same year Captain Greenhalgh was promoted to the rank of major of cavalry in the Ohio National Guard and in July, 1917, the First Ohio Cavalry having been converted into the Second and Third Regiments of Field Artillery, he was made lieutenant colonel of the Second Ohio Field Artillery and was mustered into federal service. This regiment afterward became the One Hundred and Thirty fifth Field Artillery of the Sixty second Field Artillery Brigade of the Thirty seventh Division. He trained with the Thirty seventh Division at Camp Sheridan Montgomery, Alabama, and was graduated from the first class at the Fort Sill School of Fire on the 20th of December, 1917. He then returned to command the regiment and organize a Brigade School of Instruction. Early in June, 1918, he was ordered to the port of embarkation at Hoboken, New Jersey, as liaison officer of the Thirty seventh Division. He sailed as commanding officer of the troops aboard the Steamship Hororata on the 28th of June, 1918, arrived at Liverpool on the 15th of July and later crossed the channel, debarking at Havre, France, July 19, 1918, He was trained at the French Artillery School of Instruction at Camp DeSouge near Bordeaux, France, and left for the front on the 24th of September, He was in reserve in the Meuse-Argonne with the Ninety second division and was afterward transferred to the American front at Musson, still supporting the Ninety second Division. Later he was transferred to the Troyon section of the American front and saw action behind the Thirty third and Twenty eighth divisions of the second army. His regiment was supporting the Thirty third Division at the time the armistice was signed, following which the regiment was withdrawn to Pierrefitte, France, and on the 4th of February, 1919, was ordered to the LeMans area at Segre, France, On the 6th of March he arrived at Brest and six days later sailed, reaching Newport News on the 24th of March. He received his discharge at Camp Sherman, April 10, 1919,

When mustered out Colonel Greenhalgh resumed the private practice of law and on the 8th of October, 1920, he was appointed safety director of the city of Toledo. In February, 1922, he became connected with The Kent-Owens Machine Company, and in 1923 became treasurer of the corporation, In August, 1922, upon the organization of the Toledo Automotic Brush Company, for the manufacture of automatic brush machinery and brushes, Colonel Greenhalgh became president of the corporation.

In 1912 Colonel Greenhalgh was married to Miss Marie Walbridge of Toledo, daughter of William S. and Alice L, (Libber) Walbridge, and they are well known in the best social circles of the city. They have one son, George Partridge Greenhalgh, Jr. Colonel Greenhalgh's residence "Needmoor" is at Perrysburg, Ohio.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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