George de Rue Meiklejohn

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George de Rue Meiklejohn

George de Rue Meiklejohn (August 26, 1857 – April 19, 1929) was a Nebraska Republican politician who served as the fifth Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska and a representative of the U.S. state of Nebraska.

Born in Weyauwega, Wisconsin on August 26, 1857, he went to the state normal school in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (now University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh). He became a principal of high schools in Weyauwega and Liscomb, Iowa. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1880, he was admitted to the bar and set up practice in Fullerton, Nebraska. He was the prosecuting attorney for Nance County, Nebraska from 1881 to 1884.

In 1884 Meiklejohn was elected a member of the Nebraska State Senate, serving from 1884 to 1888. In 1886, he became President of the Senate, in 1887 the chairman of the Republican State convention, and in 1887 and 1888 chairman of the Republican State central committee. In 1889 he became the Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska and served until 1891. He was elected as a Republican to the 53rd and 54th Congresses (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1897), but did not run for re-election in 1896. On April 14, 1897, U.S. President William McKinley appointed him the Assistant Secretary of War and he served through the Spanish-American War until March 1901, when he resigned.

Meiklejohn ran unsuccessfully for election to the United States Senate from Nebraska in 1901 to fill the seat of Monroe Hayward. After that, he resumed his law practice in Omaha, Nebraska, moving to Los Angeles, California in 1918, where he practiced law and mining. He died there on April 19, 1929 and is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Hibbard H. Shedd
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
1889 – 1891
Succeeded by
Thomas Jefferson Majors
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Omer Madison Kem
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1897
Succeeded by
Samuel Maxwell