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Col. George Henry Otis

Col. George Henry Otis

Otis, Col. George Henry, was born October 10, 1838, in Keesville, New York, and was the son of Thomas Jefferson Otis. His parents were both natives of that state, although the mother was reared in Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and it was there her marriage took place. Thomas Jefferson Otis was a boot and shoe manufacturer at Elmira, New York, and subsequently saw service in the Mexican War. He was affiliated with the Republican party in politics, and was a member of the Methodist church. He located in the State of Iowa with his wife and family in 1856, but afterwards removed to Austin. Minnesota, where he died in 1874, his wife following him in death in 1882 at McGregor, Iowa. Of the four children born to this union, George Henry, the subject of this sketch, is the sole survivor. Edmond R., William and Elizabeth are deceased.

George H. Otis received his elementary education in the schools of Elmira, New York, Racine, and Mineral Point, Wisconsin. At the age of fourteen years he entered the office of the Mineral Point Tribune as an apprentice in 1852, but nine years later, at the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted in the service of his country. His war record is a brave and enviable one. He was mustered in as a private and in recognition of excellent and courageous service received rapid promotion through the ranks of corporal, sergeant, second lieutenant, first lieutenant, and captain of Company I, Second Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, in the famous Iron Brigade. Still higher honors were bestowed upon him when he was made major and promoted lieutenant colonel of his regiment. Still later he was transferred by the war department and received a commission as major of the Eighth United States Reserves. He gave long and honorable service to his country, extending over a time of four years and two months, and participated in all the engagements of the Army of the Potomac, beginning with the first Battle of Bull Run.

He was married at Dodgeville, Wisconsin, February 14, 1868, to Marie E. Owens, who died March 31, 1871, leaving no children. On February 19, 1874, he took for his second wife Kate M. Seitz, of McGregor, Iowa, and four children were born to them: Edmund R., who is married to Dora Entwisle, and is a prominent and successful lawyer and real estate dealer, with headquarters at Des Moines and Denver; Irving J., who is a linotype operator in San Francisco, California, and married to Clara L. Curtis; George Stanley, married, and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce of Miles City, Montana; and Marian Rebecca, wife of Herbert Buchanan, of Monona, Iowa.

Mr. Otis is an aggressive and consistent advocate of the doctrines enunciated by the Republican party, and has served the city of Monona as mayor, was postmaster for nine years and filled minor offices in a thorough and acceptable manner. In religious belief he is a Methodist. He is a member of the Masonic lodge, the Community Club, the Grand Army of the Republic, in the last of which he has served as Commander of Monona Post No. 495.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 312-313

-OCR scanned by S. Ferrall


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