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HALL, George, first mayor of Brooklyn, born in Brooklyn, New York, 21 September, 1795; died there, 16 September, 1868. He was a printer, and the greater portion of his life was devoted to the interests of his native city, of which he was a trustee at the time of its incorporation, and under that act became its first mayor. He was an earnest advocate of temperance, and did good service in the cause of that reform.--His son, George B., soldier, born in Brooklyn in 1826, died there, 24 May, 1864, entered the New York militia as a private, and rapidly rose through several grades. At the beginning of the Mexican war he was appointed lieutenant in the first regiment of New York volunteers, and served at Vera Cruz, Cerro Gordo, Contreras, and Churubusco. In 1850 he was commissioned major of the 13th militia regiment, and the following year lieutenant-colonel. He was a clerk in New York at the beginning of the civil war, and engaged in raising troops. He was elected colonel of the 27th New York regiment, and participated in many engagements, from that of the Stafford raid of 1862 to the battle of Fredericksburg.
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