George P. Bemis

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name=George P. Bemis


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office= Mayor of Omaha
term_start =January 5, 1892
term_end =January 7, 1896
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successor =William J. Broatch
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birth_date = Birth date|1838|03|15|df=yes
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death_date = Death date and age|1916|12|11|1838|03|15|df=yes
death_place = Omaha, Nebraska
nationality = American
party = Republican
spouse = Julie F. Browne
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occupation = Politician, real estate
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George Pickering Bemis (March 15, 1838December 11, 1916) was a real estate, loan and collection agent, and one-time mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, USA. [ [http://www.omahapubliclibrary.org/subjects/society/history/mayors.html Mayors of Omaha, Nebraska] . Omaha Public Library. Retrieved 2008-04-10.]

Biography

Bemis was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a prominent Massachusetts family. When he was 13 he moved to New York City, New York, spending nearly twenty-five years there. He spent seventeen years as his cousin George Francis Train's private secretary. [Train, G.F. (1902, 2007) "My life in many states and in foreign." Kessinger Publishing, LLC. p 48.] Bemis traveled extensively, accompanying Train in many toursover and around the world. He came to Omaha in April, 1868 as secretary and manager of one of Train's companies called Credit Foncier of America. He quit that job when Train was indicted in New York. [http://www.kancoll.org/books/andreas_ne/douglas/douglas-p26.html "Douglas County"] , "Andreas' History of Nebraska." Retrieved 2008-04-10.]

On returning to Omaha Bemis was a real estate agent throughout the city, selling lots in the Credit Foncier Addition and focusing on his own subdivision, which today is referred to as the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District. As the mayor of Omaha from 1892 to 1896 Bemis did a great deal to promote parks throughout the city.

After funding a women's rights newspaper in the late 1870s Bemis offered to send $100,000 to the Federal Government in order to keep activist Emmeline Pankhurst from being deported in 1913. [(1913) [http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9500E7DB133FE633A2575AC1A9669D946296D6CF "Offers to furnish bond"] , "New York Times." October 19, 1913. Retrieved 2008-04-10.]

ee also

*History of Omaha
*List of mayors of Omaha, Nebraska

References


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