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army officer , governor of California

George Stoneman, American army officer, governor of California.


Stoneman, George was born on August 8, 1822 in Busti, New York, United States. Son of George and Catherine (Cheney) Stoneman.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1846.


Brevetted Second lieutenant 1st Dragoons (now 1st cavalry). Quartermaster “Mormon Battalion,” a part of General Kearney’s expedition to California, 1846, served in Southwest until 1855. Captain 25th United States Cavalry.

Major 4th Cavalry, 1861, on General McClellan’s staff. Brigadier general volunteers, cavalry officer Army of Potomac. In command 1st div. III Corps, Peninsular Campaign of 1862.

Major general United States Volunteers, 1862. Commissioned colonel United States Army, served in battles of Fredericksburg, then Chancellorsville, 1863. Chief Cavalry Bureau, Washington, District of Columbia, 1863.

Served in cavalry corps Army of the Ohio, 1864, with Sherman in march through Georgia, captured August 1864, exchanged, October 1864. Brevetted brigadier general and major general United States Army, 1865. Commanded in Petersburg and Richmond, 1865-1869.

Colonel 21st Infantry, 1866, commanded Department of Arizona, 1869-1871. Governor California (Democrat), 1883-1887. Railway commissioner, 1879, opposed influence of Pacific rys. in state affairs.

Restored to army list as colonel, retired, by special act of Congress, 1891.


Married Mary Oliver Hardisty, circa 1865, 4 children.

George Stoneman

Catherine (Cheney) Stoneman

Mary Oliver Hardisty