Early life and Virginia political career
Born in Stevensburg, Virginia, to prominent Culpeper County attorney French Strother (1739–1800) and his wife the former Lucy Coleman, George Strother attended the College of William and Mary. After studying law, George Strother too was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Culpeper County, Virginia.
George Strother succeeded his father in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1806–1809. In 1816, the year voters elected fellow Virginian James Monroe president, George Strother was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Democratic-Republican, where he served from 1817 to 1820.
After the Missouri Compromise led to Missouri's admission as a slave state, Strother, a slaveholder who had owned 7 slaves in Culpeper County in 1810, then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became receiver of public money. He practiced law in St. Louis for many years. A nephew with the same name caused a sensation by stabbing a fellow lawyer from Virginia named Horatio Cozens to death in the courthouse over a political dispute on behalf of this George Strother. The murderer then fled to Mexico, where he reportedly died.
George French Strother married Sarah Green Williams, daughter of Gen. James Williams, of "Soldier's Rest" in Orange County, Virginia. The couple had two children: Sarah Williams Strother (1810–1885), James French Strother (1811–1860) (and grandfather of another named James French Strother who served in Virginia's Constitutional Convention of 1850). After Sarah died, Strother married Theodosia, daughter of John Hunt, of Lexington, Kentucky, and had two more children, Sallie and John Hunt Strother (1812–1863).
Death and legacy
- William Van Ness Bay, Reminiscences of the Bench and Bar of Missouri (St. Louis: F. H. Thomas and Company, 1878), pp. 199–200.
- Karen Mickel Bennett (October 14, 2004). "Gen. James Williams". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
- William Armstrong Crozier, Howard Randolph Bayne, The Buckners of Virginia and the Allied Families of Strother and Ashby (Privately published for William D. Buckner, 1907), p. 237.
- Connie Nisinger (September 7, 2001). "George French Strother". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2014-12-15.
- United States Congress. "George Strother (id: S001023)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district
March 4, 1817 – February 10, 1820
Thomas L. Moore