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Pennsylvania State Senate

G Dawson Coleman


Session Position District Party
1867 16 Republican
 Counties   Dauphin, Lebanon


1825 - 1878

George Dawson Coleman was born in Philadelphia, January 13, 1825, the son of James and Sarah Dawson Coleman; received his education in local schools; Princeton; and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1843.   A third generation heir to an iron business, Coleman built the North Lebanon Furnaces in Lebanon, Pa., owned a part interest with his brother in the Cornwall Furnace, and was a stockholder in the Pennsylvania Steel Company at Steelton, Dauphin County.  During the Civil War, he contributed material support to the Union Army, was an organizer of the Ninety-third Pennsylvania Volunteers, and provided large donations to Civil War widows and orphans.  He was also an active member of the Sanitary Commission (Civil War); a member of the State Board of Charities from 1869; and president of the same at the time of his death.  He served as president of the First National Bank of Lebanon for a number of years, was a member of the state House of Representatives, 1863-1864; and the state Senate, 1867-1869.  He married Debbie Brown in 1858.  Senator Coleman died on, September 9, 1878, Lebanon, Pennsylvania.