03 December 2014

Today was born a general

Today was born a general -- General George McClellan. On this day, in 1826,  Elizabeth Sophia Steinmetz Brinton McClellan (1800–1889) gave birth to George Britton McClellan in Philadelphia.

His father was Dr. George McClellan (1796–1847), a noted ophthalmologist and founder of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. The senior George )son of James and Nancy Eldridge McClellan) married Elizabeth in 1820 in Philadelphia. The couple had four other children: Frederica, John, Arthur, and Mary.

He attended schools their including college. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for two years. He entered the US military academy in 1842 where he excelled. In 1850, he lived in the Philadelphia Dock Ward, according to the Census. He was a great Union general during the Civil War, a railroad owner, a politician and even a one term Governor of New Jersey.

Military service was no stranger to the McClellan family. George was the great-grandson of Revolutionary War general Samuel McClellan (and his wife Rachel Abbe) of Connecticut.

He was the husband of Mary Ellen Marcy (1836–1915). They married on 22 May 1860 at Calvary Church in New York. They had one son, George (1865 – 1940) and a daughter, Mary (1861 – 1945).

The 1880 Census shows George, his wife and their two children, living on Mountain Ridge, NJ where he was the state's Governor at that time. The census shows they had three domestics, a cook and a waiter living with them at the time, three of whom immigrated from Ireland.

McClellan passed on 29 October 1885 in New Jersey. He is buried in the Riverview Cemetery in Trenton, NJ.
Locations listed are located in Pennsylvania (USA), unless otherwise noted in post.