The Road to Civil War

George E. Pugh

(November 28, 1822 — July 19, 1876) George Ellis Pugh, a Senator from Ohio; born in Cincinnati, Ohio, November 28, 1822; attended private schools; graduated from Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, in 1840; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice the same year in Cincinnati, Ohio; served in the Mexican War as captain of the Fourth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; returned to Cincinnati and resumed the practice of law; member, State house of representatives 1848-1850; city solicitor 1850; State attorney general 1852-1854; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1855, to March 3, 1861; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; resumed the practice of law in Cincinnati; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1863 as lieutenant governor and for election in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1873 but withdrew from its deliberations; retired from public life; died in Cincinnati, Ohio, July 19, 1876; interment in Spring Grove Cemetery. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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