George Turner Edit Profile
Born in Edina, Missouri, he attended the common schools and served as a military telegraph operator with the Union Army from 1861 to 1865. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1869, commencing practice in Mobile, Alabama.
United States marshal for southern and middle districts of Alabama, 1876-1880. Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Washington, 1884-1888. Member Constitutional Convention of Washington Republican in politics prior to campaign of 1896.
Elected United States senator by a state organization called the People’s Party, composed of a fusion of Silver Republicans, Democrates and Populists, for term 1897-1903. On conclusion of service in the Senate, appointed member Alaska Boundary Tribunal, London, 1903, which settled the Alaska boundary dispute, pending between United States and Great Britain. One of counsel for United States in the North Eastern Fisheries Arbitration between United States and Great Britain, argument held at The Hague, spring of 1910.
Member International Joint Commission, United States and Canada, under treaty of January 11, 1909, 1913-1914. Home: Spokane, Wash.
Democratic Party, Republican Party.
He was a member of the Territorial Convention in 1889 that framed the first Washington Constitution, the state constitution of Washington, which had recently been admitted to the Union. In 1903, he was a member of the Alaska Boundary Tribunal and was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for governor in 1904. He was counsel for the United States at The Hague in the northeastern fisheries arbitration with Great Britain in 1910, and was appointed by President William H. Taft as a member of the International Joint Commission, created to prevent disputes regarding the use of boundary waters between the United States and Canada from 1911 to 1914.
Married Bertha C. Dreher, June 4, 1878.