Dr. George W. Caldwell


DR. GEORGE W. CALDWELL, deceased, formerly of Wellsburg, was born near Steubenville, Ohio, August 15, 1826, the son of Samuel and Jane (McDonald) Caldwell. His father was born in Ohio, his mother in Ireland. In his boyhood he worked upon the farm of his parents and studied in the district school, and developing a talent for study as he grew in years. He passed, in succession through the Steubenville seminary, the lyceum of Wellsville, and the colleges of Richmond and Athens, Ohio. The profession of medicine was his first choice of occupation, and after due preparation he practiced at Fredericktown, Ohio, and at Wellsburg, coming to the latter place in 1851. Here, while still practicing medicine, he took up the study of law with O. W. Langfitt, Esq., and in 1860 he was admitted to the bar. He was endowed with those qualities which contribute to honorable success, energy, probity, tract, perseverance, good nature and zeal and soon rose to a high standing in his profession. His useful life was instantly cut short on June 21, 1887, on which day he was struck down by a locomotive on the track of the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati & St. Louis railroad, near Wheeling Junction. His character was fitly described by his former instructor, ex-Senator Joseph S. Fowler, of Tennessee, when he said: "Dr. G. W. Caldwell was endeared to his fellow members of the bar of West Virginia, by a long, active and commanding practice, and equally endeared to the people of this and the adjoining counties, by his valuable and useful services, by the urbanity of his manners, by his manly and upright deportment, by the integrity of his character and his public and private cirtues. A manly frankness in his manner, and a pleasing simplicity in his address, claimed for him a free transit to all generous hearts. Endowed by nature with a rich vein of language, he was never at a loss for an expression. He was equally gifted in music, the inheritance of his family. After years of struggle he embraced the legal profession, and in the stormy legal contests he bore the honors and wore them with the approbation of his brothers. From his lowly home, by virtuous effort, he attained this honored place in his profession. Of him in truth he was the architect of his own fortune. He owed nothing to the aid of powerful friends. By the light of his own intelligence, inspired by the courage of his own convictions, he won his way to honor and distinction." Dr. Caldwell was married March 13, 1849, to Julia A., daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (Ray) Hamilton and they had the following children: Thomas H., who married Jane Everett, and has the following children: Mark E., Mattie B., George W., Julia C., Harden, Mary B., Lee and Lota; Belle S., wife of R. Wheeler, having one child, George R.; Sue W.; Mary E.; George L., who married Cloyde M. Duval and has one child, George W.; and Samuel R., of the class of 1891, Washington and Jefferson college. Dr. Caldwell was an attendant upon the Methodist church; his widow is a member of the Disciples church, and their children are all members of the Presbyterian church.

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