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HALSEY, George Armstrong, manufacturer, born in Springfield, New Jersey, 7 December, 1827. He was educated in the schools of his native town, and on the removal of his father's family to Newark, New Jersey, became voluntarily apprentice to a leather manufacturer. A few years later he entered the wholesale clothing business. He was elected a member of the general assembly of New Jersey in 1860 and 1861, and in 1862 was appointed assessor for the 5th district of New Jersey, from which office President Johnson sought to remove him in 1866, but without success. This attack on him by the president resulted in his nomination for congress, and his election by a very large majority. As a member of the joint select committee on retrenchment, he was instrumental in securing important reforms in the treasury department. In 1868 he was defeated, but was again elected in 1870 by over 3,000 majority. The nomination was again tendered to him in 1872, but declined. In connection with Governor Randolph he was active in preserving Washington's headquarters at Morristown; and is now (1887) president of the association formed for that purpose. In 1874 he was the unsuccessful Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey. Since that time he has been chiefly engaged in the management of his manufactory at Newark, New Jersey, but gives much time and attention to the affairs of the New Jersey historical society and to those of the Newark library association.
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