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George H. Hopkins

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George H Hopkins November 7, 1842 –  was a politician from the U S state of Michigan

Biographyedit

Hopkins was born to Erastus and Climene Clark Hopkins in White Lake, Michigan and was educated at Pontiac Union School from 1860–62 and taught a district school in Oakland County In April 1862 he entered the State Normal School now Eastern Michigan University

In August 1862, Hopkins enlisted in the 17th Michigan Infantry, known as the Stonewall regiment and saw much action in the American Civil War One of his brothers, Dan Hopkins who served in the same regiment was mortally wounded in the Battle of South Mountain on September 14, 1862 He saw action in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, at the Sieges of Vicksburg and Knoxville, and again in Virginia during the last year of the war which he served until its end He returned to his studies at the State Normal School and graduated in 1867 He then entered the University of Michigan and graduated from the law department in 1871 In 1870, he was Assistant United States Deputy Marshall He was admitted to the bar and practiced in Detroit

During four year of the 1870s, Hopkins served as private secretary to Michigan Governors John J Bagley and Charles Croswell He served as chairman of the State Republican Committee briefly in 1878 In 1879 he served in the Michigan House of Representatives and was Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs and also served on the Committee on Railroads He served in the State House again from 1881 to 1883, serving as Chairman of the Committee on the University and a member of the Committee on Railroads and Apportionment in 1881, and Speaker pro tempore in 1883 He also served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and member of the Committees on State Library and the State Public Schools During the political campaigns of 1882 and 1884, he served as Chairman of the Wayne County Republican Committee He again served as Chairman of the Michigan Republican Committee from 1888–1890

Referencesedit

  • Bingham, Stephen D 2005 1888 "sv George H Hopkins" Early history of Michigan, with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators Pub pursuant to act 59, 1887 Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library p 351 Retrieved 2007-11-23 
  • Farmer, Silas 2005 1890 "sv George H Hopkins" History of Detroit and Wayne County and early Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library pp 1121–1123 Retrieved 2007-11-23 
Party political offices
Preceded by
Stephen D Bingham
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1878
Succeeded by
Zachariah Chandler
Preceded by
James McMillan
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1888– 1890
Succeeded by
James McMillan

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