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George C. Seeley


Gender: Male

Date of Birth: February 8, 1894

Birth Place: Brookline, MA

The secretary-treasurer of Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., George c. Seeley of Ivoryton has spent his career in the industry of manufacturing piano keys. He was with the Cheney-Comstock Company prior to its merger with the present organization as an officer; and he had also held other official posts. He is a veteran of World War I, and once served on the staff of Governor Everett Lake.

Born at Brookline, Massachusetts, on February 8, 1894, he is a son of William Graydon and Maude (Cheney) Seeley. His mother was related to the family which established Cheney Comstock Company, and old firm in the manufacture of piano keys. George C. Seeley attended Volkmann School in Boston, and on graduating there, entered Sheffield Scientific School of Yale University, where he received his degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1914.

He began his career with the Cheney-Comstock Company, working in its cost department. Leaving in 1917 to join the United States Army, he was commissioned a lieutenant and assigned to the 58th Coast Artillery, serving in that unit with the American Expeditionary Forces in France for about a year. Mr. Seeley resumed his connection with Cheney-Comstock on his return, and was named an officer in the company in 1922. Effective January 1, 1937, the organization merged with Pratt, Read and Company, Inc., under the latter name. He served as secretary and vice president of this concern from 1942 until 1954, when he became secretary-treasurer. Something concerning its manufacturing activities, and the industry generally, is given in the accompanying sketch of Peter H. Comstock, who is president of the firm.

Mr. Seeley is also secretary-treasurer and a director of Cornwall and Patterson and Company of Bridgeport. He was formerly a director of the Middletown Memorial Hospital. In 1922, he served as major on the staff of Governor Everett Lake of Connecticut.

Mr. Seeley’s memberships include the Yale Club of New York and Madison Beach Club.

In Chester, Connecticut, on June 4, 1919, George C. Seeley married Rica Trumbull Harwood, daughter of Benjamin and Letitia Marcia (Morris) Harwood. Mrs. Seeley is a graduate of Smith College. The couple have no children.

[Great-Grandson of SGS # 2059 – George Cheney; William Graydon; George; George (#2059); Nathan (#640); Seth; Nathan; James; Nathaniel; Nathaniel; Robert]

Page 514 – 515 ,“History of Connecticut”

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