George Simeon Seeley

Personal

Gender: Male

Date of Birth: February 2, 1846

Birth Place: Waterbury

GEORGE SIMEON SEELEY, widely known in Meriden, where he is serving his fourth term as a member of the board of selectmen of the town, and is now the popular mayor, was born in Waterbury Feb. 2, 1846, son of Charles and Amy (Pritchard) Seeley. Both the parents were born in Waterbury. The paternal grandparents were William and Patty Seeley, who reared a large family.

Roger Pritchard, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Seeley, served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and his father was a soldier in the war of the Revolution. Roger Pritchard liven in the town of Waterbury, where he was engaged in farming. He married Chloe Nichols. George S. Seeley and his mother were both born on the old Pritchard homestead.

Charles Seeley, father of George S., was a farmer in his earlier years, but later became a contractor for stonemason work, locating in Meriden as early as 1858. He died Nov. 25, 1890, at the age of sixty-nine years. He was the father of six children, of whom five lived to reach maturity: Chloe J., who became the wife of William Remington; George Simeon; Charles B., who died in Meriden in 1871; Grace A., wife of Henry Hurlburt; and Polly, Mrs. Joseph Fredericks, the last three deceased.

George Simeon Seeley was reared in Waterbury, and accompanied his parents to Meriden when he was twelve years old. His education was received in the common schools, and at the age of nineteen he began an apprenticeship to the metal turner’s trade, at which he was engaged for twenty-five years. At the expiration of that long period he went into his present business, conducting a real estate and rent collection agency, in which he has achieved a decided success.

Mr. Seeley was married Nov. 24, 1867, to Anna G., daughter of Melvin C. and Esther (Guy) Lee, of Meriden. To this marriage have come three children: Frank Guy; Candora Anna, Mrs. James H. Guernsey; and Arthur Deshon. Mr. Seeley and his family are members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, of which he has been a vestryman for fourteen years and treasurer since April 4, 1899, and he is highly esteemed by his associates in that body. He belongs to several fraternal orders, holding membership in Meriden Center Lodge, No. 68,. I.O.O.F., of which he has been treasurer since March 17, 1888; and Silver City Lodge, No. 3, A.O.U.W. In politics Mr. Seeley is a Republican, and he is one of the workers in his city. He has been chairman of the Republican town committee since May 1900, and has served as alderman and councilman from the Third ward. In December 1901, he was elected mayor, was installed in that office in January 1902, and is now efficiently performing the duties appertaining to the incumbency.

Page 1256, “”Connecticut: New Haven: Commemorative Biographical Record Of New Haven County, Connecticut containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families, published 1902.

[George Simeon is grandson of SGS# 3184 – George Simeon; Charles; William (#3184); John; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah; Obadiah]