George E. Pugh

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George Ellis Pugh
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United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1855 – March 4, 1861
Preceded by Salmon P. Chase
Succeeded by Salmon P. Chase
3rd Ohio Attorney General
In office
January 12, 1852 – January 9, 1854
Preceded by Joseph McCormick
Succeeded by George Wythe McCook
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Hamilton County district
In office
December 4, 1848 – December 1, 1850
Serving with Alexander Long and five others
Preceded by four others
Succeeded by five others
Personal details
Born (1822-11-28)November 28, 1822
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
Resting place Spring Grove Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Theresa Chalfant
Children three
Alma mater Miami University
Religion Roman Catholic

George Ellis Pugh (November 28, 1822 – July 19, 1876) was a Democratic politician from Ohio. He served in the U.S. Senate.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Pugh attended Miami University. He began practicing law in 1843, later serving as a Captain in the 4th Ohio Regiment in the Mexican-American War. After serving in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1848 to 1850, he served as State Attorney General from 1852 to 1854. Pugh served a single term in the United States Senate from 1855 to 1861, losing a re-election bid to Salmon P. Chase, whom he had replaced. Pugh ran for the Lieutenant Governorship in 1863 and the United States House of Representatives in 1864, losing both times.

George Ellis Pugh descended from Ellis Pugh, Sr. (1656–1718), an early Welsh immigrant to Pennsylvania. Ellis was a Quaker minister who, with his wife Sinah, emigrated to Pennsylvania to escape religious persecution in 1686. George's branch of this line migrated from Philadelphia to Prince George, Virginia, Bush River, South Carolina and Cincinnati, Ohio. George was the son of Lot and Rachel (Anthony) Pugh, who were married in Hamilton County, Ohio, on July 7, 1814. George had three brothers and a sister.

Pugh married Theresa Chalfant in 1840 and had three children, Robert Chalfont, Nina Theresa and Thomas. He became a Roman Catholic in 1855.[1]


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United States Senate
Preceded by
Salmon P. Chase
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Ohio
Served alongside: Benjamin F. Wade
Succeeded by
Salmon P. Chase