Born at Little Falls, New York, Petrie attended the common schools, worked as a store clerk, and became a merchant, operating a store in partnership with his brother Richard.
He was active in the militia, serving as quartermaster of his regiment during the War of 1812. He later attained the rank of Major General as commander of the New York Militia's 1st Division of Riflemen. He also served in local offices including Justice of the Peace.
Petrie was elected as an Independent Democrat to the Thirtieth Congress (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1849)
He died at Little Falls, New York, May 8, 1879. He was interred in Church Street Cemetery.
- United States Congress. "George Petrie (id: P000266)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Charles S. Benton
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 17th congressional district
Henry P. Alexander
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