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Godfrey, George L

MILITARY SERVICE

Age: 0, credited to Hardwick, VT
Unit(s): 1st AL CAV, 2nd IA INF
Service: 1st AL CAV, 2nd IA INF

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VITALS

Birth: 1833, Hardwick, VT
Death: 1915

Burial: Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, IA
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Katie Lou
Findagrave Memorial #: 36620875

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Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Unknown
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Remarks: None

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Woodland Cemetery, Des Moines, IA

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Obituary

COL. G. L. GODFREY DEAD
SOLDIER AND LEGISLATURE HAS BEEN LONG IN PUBLIC LIFE

Des Moines, April 26 -- Col. George L. Godfrey, well known veteran of the Civil War, died Saturday at his home, 1353 West Ninth Street, following an extended illness. At his bedside were his wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Grover Hubbell and Mrs. Jefferson H. Plok, and sons, C. A. Godfrey of Des Moines, and W. S. Godfrey, of Cripple Creek, Col.One son, Walter M. Godfrey, who is traveling in the West, has not been located. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the home of C. A. Godfrey.

He served in the Union Army throughout the Civil War, and rose from private in the famous Second Iowa Infantry, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in command of a regiment of Cavalry formed in Alabama.

After the war, he was representative from Polk County in the Eleventh general assembly. He was later elected city solicitor, and served two years. From 1881-1884 he was assistant United States District Attorney. In 1882 he was appointed member of the federal commissions, under the Edmonds law, to wipe out polygamy in Utah, and became chairman of the commission in 1889. For four years he was recorder of the land office in Des Moines, and in 1903 became local surveyor of customs.

Source: Evening Times Republican (Marshalltown, IA), April 26, 1915
Courtesy of Deanna French

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