George Corbin Washington

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George Corbin Washington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1837
Preceded byIsaac McKim
Succeeded byWilliam Cost Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byGeorge Peter
Succeeded byJames Turner
Member of the Maryland House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born(1789-07-20)July 20, 1789
Westmoreland County, Virginia
DiedJuly 17, 1854(1854-07-17) (aged 64)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyAdams (1827-1829)
Anti-Jackson (1829-1837)
Native American Party (1852)
Alma materPhillips Academy
Harvard University

George Corbin Washington (August 20, 1789 – July 17, 1854) was a United States Congressman from the third and fifth districts of Maryland, serving four terms from 1827 to 1833, and 1835 to 1837. He was also a grandnephew of U.S. President George Washington.

Washington was born at Haywood Farms near Oak Grove of Westmoreland County, Virginia. He attended Phillips Academy and Harvard University, studied law, but devoted himself to agricultural pursuits on his plantation in Maryland. He resided for the most part at Dumbarton Heights in the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates 1816-1819.

Washington was elected to the Twentieth, Twenty-first, and Twenty-second Congresses, serving three terms from March 4, 1827 until March 3, 1833. In Congress, he served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia during the Twenty-second Congress. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1832, but was elected two years later as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress, serving one term from March 4, 1835 to March 3, 1837. He was again not a candidate for renomination.

After his service in Congress, Washington became president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. He was also appointed by President John Tyler in 1844 as a commissioner to adjust and settle the claims arising under the treaty of 1835 with the Cherokee Indians.

In 1852, he was nominated by the Native American Party as a candidate for Vice President on a ticket with Daniel Webster.[1] On Webster's death nine days before the election, the ticket was replaced by Jacob Broom and Reynell Coates.

He died in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and is interred in Oak Hill Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "George Corbin Washington (id: W000179)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ Charles O. Paullin, "The National Ticket of Broom and Coates, 1852", The American Historical Review, Vol. 25, No. 4, July, 1920.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Peter
U.S. Congressman from the 3rd district of Maryland
Succeeded by
James Turner
Preceded by
Isaac McKim
U.S. Congressman from the 5th district of Maryland
Succeeded by
William Cost Johnson