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McCLELLAN, George Brinton (1865-1940)

MCCLELLAN, GEORGE BRINTON, a Representative from New York; born November 23, 1865, in Dresden, Saxony, where his parents were visiting; attended St. John's School, Sing Sing (now Ossining), N.Y.; was graduated from Princeton College in 1886; worked as a reporter and in editorial positions on several New York newspapers; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in New York City; treasurer of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge 1889-1893; president of the Board of Aldermen of New York City in 1893 and 1894; delegate to all Democratic National, State, and city conventions between 1890 and 1903; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fourth and to the four succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1895, to December 21, 1903, when he resigned, having been elected mayor of New York City; served as mayor from 1903 to 1910; university lecturer on public affairs 1908-1912; elected professor of economic history at Princeton University in 1912; an incorporator, trustee, and vice president of the American Academy in Rome; during the First World War entered the military service as major in the Ordnance Department in May 1917 and was honorably discharged in May 1919 as lieutenant colonel; commissioned colonel in the Ordnance Officers' Reserve Corps; resumed his position at Princeton University; resided in Washington, D.C., until his death on November 30, 1940; interment in Arlington National Cemetery.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1838-1922. 16 containers.
Correspondence, papers, diaries, scrapbooks, printed matter, photographs, and memorabilia relating to his college years, military service, and political activities. Register.

Papers: In George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885) papers, 1823-1898. 200 containers.
Also on microfilm (82 reels). Register and reel list.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 3 letters (October 30, 1889; August 28, 1909; October 6, 1912); letter press books (1904-1909) kept while mayor of New York City; an autobiography (n.d.); speech (October 5, 1912).
Autobiography published (1956). Finding aid in repository.


Princeton University Libraries
Princeton, NJ
Papers: 5 cartons.

  • McClellan, George Brinton. European Economic Policy. [Princeton, N.J.: The Falcon Press, 1916].
  • ------. The Gentleman and the Tiger; Autobiography. Edited from the original manuscript in the possession of the New-York Historical Society, by Harold C. Syrett. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1956.
  • ------. The Heel of War. New York: G.W. Dillingham Co., [1916].
  • ------. Modern Italy ; A Short History. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1933.
  • ------. My Objections to the Financial Bill. Speech of Hon. Geo. B. McClellan, of New York, in the House ... December 11, 1899. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1899.
  • ------. Payment of United States Bonds. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.
  • ------. Venice and Bonaparte. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1931.
  • ------. War Tariff. Speech of Hon. Geo. B. McClellan, of New York, in the House of Representatives, April 28, 1898. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1898.