George W. Houk
|George Washington Houk|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 3rd district
March 4, 1891 – February 9, 1894
|Preceded by||Elihu S. Williams|
|Succeeded by||Paul J. Sorg|
|Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Montgomery County district
January 5, 1852 – January 1, 1854
Serving with Daniel Beckel
|Preceded by||Thomas Dodds
John E. Thoms
|Succeeded by||William Goudy
Marcus T. Parrott
September 25, 1825|
Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania
|Died||February 9, 1894
|Resting place||Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio|
|Spouse(s)||Eliza Phillips Thurston|
George W. Houk was born near Mount Holly Springs in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, the son of Adam and Catherine (Knisley) Houk. The family moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1827 where George Houk attended the public schools and the E. E. Barney Academy at Dayton. For a number of years Houk taught school while he studied law with Peter P. Lowe. George W. Houk was admitted to the bar in 1847, commencing practice in Dayton.
He married Eliza Phillips Thruston (23 October 1833-31 Aug 1914), daughter of Robert A. and Mary (Phillips) Thruston, both of locally prominent families. They had five children.
Houk was elected a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, serving from 1852 to 1853. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1860 supporting Stephen A. Douglas and a delegate again in 1876. He was defeated for circuit judge in the Ohio Second judicial circuit in 1884.
In 1888 on the Democratic ticket, he faced incumbent Elihu S. Williams in Ohio’s third district, but was defeated. In 1890, he defeated Henry Lee Morey and was elected to the Fifty-second congress. He was easily re-elected in 1892 to the Fifty-second congress. He died suddenly in Washington, D.C. during his second term. Paul J. Sorg was elected to fill the vacancy in a special election in May 1894.
George Washington Houk and his wife are interred in Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.
- George W. Houk at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Taylor, William A. Ohio in Congress from 1803 to 1901. Columbus, Ohio: The XX Century Publishing Company, 1901.