George Petrie (politician)

George Petrie (September 8, 1793 – May 8, 1879) was a U.S. Representative from New York.

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 was employed as a clerk in the Post Office Department in Washington, D.C. from January 1, 1869 until August 31, 1875, when he resigned.

He died at Little Falls, New York, May 8, 1879. He was interred in Church Street Cemetery.


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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

Succeeded by
Henry P. Alexander

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website