Childs, George T.
Age: 0, credited to St. Albans, VT
Unit(s): 5th MA INF
Service: 5th MA INF; pow
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Birth: 09/07/1842, Charlestown, MA
Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 145083678
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
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COL. GEORGE T. CHILDS
Col. George T. Childs, postmaster at St. Albans, died in his home in that city Friday afternoon from arterosclerosis. George Theodore Childs, a veteran of the Civil War, for many years the successful editor of the St. Albans Messenger, was born in Charlestown, Mass., Sept 7, 1842. He was a direct descendant of Benjamin Childs, who came to this country from England in 1630, and was also a descendant of George Bunker, from who the noted battlefield derived its name. He derived a practical education in the common schools of Charlestown, and in 1858 begam employment as an office boy. In the following year he was made a bookkeeper in the business house, and worked as such until April 1, 1861, when he enlisted as a private in Co. K., Fifth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was captured by the Confederates in the first battle of Bull Run while in the act of taking care of a fallen comrade, and was confined successively in Libby, Paris ( New Orleans) and Salisbury prisons. He was discharged from the army on the grounds of disability, resulting from prison life, and for many years afterwards was in precarious health. After his discharge, he was for a time, private secretary to the mayor of New Orleans, being appointed to that position by Gen. Sheridan.
Returning to his home in Massachusetts, Mr. Childs resumed his old position as bookkeeper, and served as such until 1873, when he was made private secretary to the late President John Gregory Smith of the Central Vermont Railroad, and removed to St. Albans. He discharged the responsibilities of this office with great credit until 1892, when shortly after the death of his chief, he became editor of the Messenger. In the latter capacity Mr. Charles' work won him a very conspicuous position among the editorial writers of this part of New England, and his editorials were widely quoted.
In May, 1898, he received the appointment of postmaster at St. Albans, and in the year following he resigned the editorship of the Messenger, in order to devote his entire time to his new duties. He was re-appointed in 1902, 1906, and 1910.
Mr. Childs was an ardent Republican, and a faithful worker in the party organization. He was for many years the Vermont member of the republican national committee, and was a delegate at large at the republican national convention in 1892. He represented St Albans in the legislature in 1896, and was a member of the special session called in 1898 to vote appropriations for Vermont troops in the War with Spain.
Of graceful speech and pleasing personality as a public speaker, he was in great demand for campaign and other addresses, and on the occasion of the pilgrimage of Vermont republicans to the late President McKinley's home in Canton, O., prior to his election in 1896, Mr. Childs, as President of the State Republican League, delivered an effective speech, which was long remembered.
Source: Bennington Evening Banner, May 6, 1912
Courtesy of Deanna French