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George C. Chamberlain
Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
from the 20th district
In office
Preceded by Michael E.L. Shanks
Succeeded by A. L. Patchen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 38th district
In office
Succeeded by Stephen Miller
Personal details
Born February 24, 1837
Newbury, Vermont
Died November 1896 (aged 58–59)
Bradford, Vermont
Political party Republican
Residence(s) Jackson, Minnesota
Alma mater Newbury Seminary
Occupation Newspaper editor, Legislator
Military service
Allegiance  United States (Union)
Branch/service  United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1863—1865
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg First Lieutenant
Unit Vermont 9th Vermont Infantry

George C. Chamberlain (1837—1896) was a state representative, newspaper editor, and soldier from Jackson, Minnesota. He served a partial term in the 20th district of the Minnesota State House of Representatives and a full term in the 38th district.

Personal life

Chamberlain was born in Newbury, Vermont on February 24, 1837. He moved from Vermont to Jackson, Minnesota in August 1866. He worked as the editor of the Jackson Republic when he was first elected. In 1881, he moved to Mankato where he became partial owner of the Mankato Free Press. Chamberlain was a Presbyterian and a member of the freemasons. As he aged, Chamberlain became blind. He died in Bradford, Vermont in November 1896.


Chamberlain was formally educated at Newbury Seminary in Vermont. He also received vocational education in the "printer's trade".


State legislature

Chamberlain ran for election in the 20th district, representing Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Martin, Murray, Pipestone, and Rock counties, in 1870. He won the election; however, it was contested by his opponent A. L. Patchen. He served a portion of the session; however, it was determined that there was gross election fraud and Patchen was given the seat. He was preceded in this position by Michael E. L. Shanks.

Chamberlain successfully ran for election in the 38th district in 1871. He served Cottonwood, Jackson, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties from 1872 to 1873. He served on the Joint Apportionment and Public Lands committees and was the chair of the Joint Printing committee. He was succeeded in his house seat by Stephen Miller, former Governor of Minnesota.

Other government service

In addition to his work in the legislature, Chamberlain served in the military and in local government posts. He served as county attorney for Jackson County and later served as county auditor from 1863 to 1865. At the state level, he served on the Minnesota State Board of Equalization. He also served as Serjeant-at-Arms in the Minnesota State Senate in 1875. He served in the Jackson city government in 1882 and served as mayor in 1887.

Military Service

Chamberlain was a First lieutenant in the 9th Vermont Infantry of the Union Army. He was an acting adjutant in the American Civil War from 1863 to 1865.

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