George E. Seney

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George Ebbert Seney
George E. Seney (1902).png
circa 1902
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Benjamin Le Fevre
Succeeded by Benjamin Le Fevre
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by James E. Campbell
Succeeded by James E. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1891
Preceded by Benjamin Le Fevre
Succeeded by Fernando C. Layton
Personal details
Born (1832-05-29)May 29, 1832
Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Died June 11, 1905(1905-06-11) (aged 73)
Tiffin, Ohio
Resting place Greenlawn Cemetery, Tiffin
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Anna Walker
Alma mater Norwalk Seminary
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Union Army
Years of service July 28, 1862
- November 22, 1864[1]
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg First lieutenant
Unit Ohio 101st Ohio Infantry

George Ebbert Seney (May 29, 1832 – June 11, 1905) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Ohio.


Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, he was grandson of Joshua Seney,[2] and was also descended from colonial Governor of Maryland Francis Nicholson.[3] Seney moved to Tiffin, Ohio with his parents in 1832. He attended Norwalk Seminary, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1853, commencing practice in Tiffin. He declined appointment as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, tendered by President James Buchanan.[3] He was a judge of the court of common pleas in 1857 and during the Civil War, enlisted in the 101st Ohio Infantry in 1862 where he was promoted to first lieutenant and later acted as quartermaster of the regiment until the close of the war. He lost election to the United States House of Representatives in 1874 by less than 140 votes.[3] Seney was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1882, serving from 1883 to 1891, not being a candidate for renomination in 1890. Afterwards, he resumed practicing law in Tiffin, Ohio until his death there on June 11, 1905. He was interred in Greenlawn Cemetery in Tiffin.

Seney was married to Anna Walker, granddaughter of founder of Tiffin, Josiah Hedges.[3] Judge Seney was a pallbearer for Chief Justice Morrison Waite.[3]

See also

William B. Ebbert. (Congressman George Ebbert Seney was the cousin of John Van Kirk Ebbert, Sgt., 1st Regiment, W. Va. Infantry Volunteers, Union Army. Congressman George Ebbert Seney was the great uncle of William B. Ebbert, a Member of the Colorado General Assembly (1889-90 from 1907 to 1908, 1911–12))


  1. Reid, Whitelaw (1895). "101st Ohio Infantry". Ohio in the War Her Statesmen Generals and Soldiers. 2. Cincinnati: The Robert Clarke Company. p. 584.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 1. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company. pp. 184–187.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 A centennial biographical history of Seneca County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1902. pp. 393–403.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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