George Cookman Sturgiss Edit Profile
Educated Wayne Academy, O., and Monongalia Academy, Morgantown, Virginia (now West Virginia).
In 1859, he moved to Morgantown, West Virginia (then Virginia). He was admitted to the bar in 1863 and entered practice at Morgantown. During the Civil War he served as a clerk under Maj.
James V. Boughner, paymaster of United States Volunteers. After the war, he became superintendent of free schools for Monongalia County and served in that capacity from 1865 to 1869. He then served as prosecuting attorney from 1872 to 1880.
He became Republican nominee for Governor in 1880 but lost to Henry M. Mathews. Subsequently, he was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison as United States Attorney for the district of West Virginia in 1889 and served four years. He was the first president of the State board of trade and of the State association for the promotion of good roads.
In 1906, he was elected as a Republican to the Sixtieth and then to the Sixty-first Congress (March 4, 1907 – March 3, 1911). His candidacy for re-election in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress was unsuccessful. He then became a trustee of American University in Washington, D.C.
He was instrumental in the construction of the Morgantown & Kingwood Railroad. He served on the bench as a judge of the circuit court from 1912 to 1920. He practiced law at Morgantown until his death on February 26, 1925, and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.
He was a member of the 60th and 61st United States Congresses
From 1870 to 1872, he was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates.
Married Sabra J. Vance, September 22, 1863 (died 1903). Married second, Creative Commons Kent, November 25, 1909.