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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of George W. Hubbard

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


GEORGE W. HUBBARD was born in Durham, Conn., June 25, 1853, a son of Thomas S. and Jane (WOODRUFF) HUBBARD. He was educated in the public schools of Urbana and at the University of Illinois, having been one of the first students enrolled at the now famous institution just named. After completing his education he became a clerk in his father’s hardware store and was admitted as a member of the firm of Hubbard & Sons in 1874. He succeeded the elder Hubbard as head of the firm at the latter’s death, and for many years before that time had been the active manager of the business.

From 1885 to 1887 Mr. Hubbard was city Treasurer of Urbana, and from 1890 to 18954 was a meber of the Board of Aldermen. In 1895 he was elected Mayor of the city and filled that position for two terms, thereafter inaugurating an era of progress in the city’s administration, bringing all his influence to bear in favor of various public improvements. He was especially active, both as a public official and as a citizen, in securing the location of the Big Four railway shops at Urbana, thus bringing to this city the most important manufacturing enterprise in the county. Mr. Hubbard’s policital affiliations are with the Republican party and he has been prominent in its councils and active in the conducting of its campaigns.

In 1874 Mr. Hubbard was married to Miss Edna P. POST, of Cromwell, Conn. Their living children are: G. Wallace, of Chicago; May W.; Mrs. Jennie KAMP; Julia, and Ernest T., of Urbana.

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