George G. Symes

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Former residence of George G. Symes in Washington, D.C.

George Gifford Symes (April 28, 1840 – November 3, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Colorado.

Born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, Symes attended the common schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced. During the Civil War enlisted as a private in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment, April 12, 1861. He served as adjutant of the Twenty-fifth Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry. Commissioned colonel of the Forty-fourth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers, in August 1864. Practiced law in Paducah, Kentucky. He served as associate justice of the supreme court of Montana Territory 1869-1871. He resumed the practice of law in Helena, Montana. He moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1874.

Symes was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1889). He engaged in the management of his estate and in the practice of law. He died in Denver, Colorado, November 3, 1893. He was interred in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James B. Belford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Hosea Townsend