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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
Death: 05/03/1912

Burial: Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Kathy Valloch
Findagrave Memorial #: 145083678


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 4/23/1888, VT; widow Lucy C., 6/10/1912, VT
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Greenwood Cemetery, St. Albans, VT

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Former Editor of the St. Albans Messenger Died on Friday.

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., September 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 whom the noted battlefield derived its name. He derived a practical education in the in the common schools of Charlestown and in 1858 began employment as an office boy. In the following year he was made a bookkeeper in the business house and worked as such until April 16,1861, 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 Rull while in the act of taking care of a fallen comrade, and was confined successively in Libby, Parish (New Orleans) and Salisbury prisons. He was discharged from the army on the ground of a disability resulting from prison life and for many years afterward 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 General Sheriden.

Returning to his home in Massachusetts, Mr. Childs again 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 this latter capacity Mr. Childs' 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 of St. Albans and in the year following resigned the editorship of the Messenger, in order to devote his entire time to his new duties. He was reappointed 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 to the republican national convention of 1892. He represented St. Albans in the legislature of 1896 and was a member of of the special session called in1898 to vote appropriations for the 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 Banner, May 6, 1912
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.