George R. Redfield

George R. Redfield (October 6, 1796 – October 29, 1887) was a Michigan politician.

George R. Redfield
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Michigan Secretary of State
In office
1850 – April 11, 1850
Preceded byGeorge Washington Peck
Succeeded byCharles H. Taylor
Treasurer of Michigan
In office
Preceded byJohn J. Adam
Succeeded byGeorge B. Cooper
Member of the Michigan Senate
from the 5th district
In office
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
from the Cass and Van Buren County district
In office
January 4, 1841 – April 13, 1841
Personal details
Born(1796-10-06)October 6, 1796
Suffield, Connecticut
DiedOctober 29, 1887(1887-10-29) (aged 91)
Ontwa Township, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
  • Julia Augusta Mason
    (m. 1835; d. 1848)
  • Jane E. Hammond
    (m. 1854)

Early lifeEdit

George R. Redfield was born in Suffield, Connecticut on October 6, 1796, to parents Peleg and Mary Polly Redfield. Around 1821, George owned a farm in Clifton Springs, New York. George had this farm leased while he tutored in Georgia from 1822 to 1826.[1]


In 1834, Redfield purchased around 800 acres of land in what is now known as Adamsville, Michigan. Redfield moved to Michigan in 1835.[2] On November 2, 1840, Redfield was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where he represented the Cass and Van Buren County district from January 4, 1841, to April 13, 1841. On November 1, 1841, Redfield was elected to the Michigan Senate where he represented the 5th district after being sworn in on January 3, 1842. Redfield continued to represent this district until May 12, 1844.[1] In 1844, Redfield served as a presidential elector. Redfield served as Michigan State Treasurer from 1845 to 1846. Redfield served as Michigan Secretary of State in 1850. Redfield resigned from this position on April 11, 1850.[3] Again in 1850, Redfield served as a delegate to the Michigan constitutional convention.[2][4]

Personal lifeEdit

On June 9, 1835, Redfield married Julia Augusta Mason. He was widowed upon her death on August 29, 1848. Redfield remarried on September 14, 1854, to Jane E. Hammond. Redfield had three children by his first wife, and two by his second.[4]


Redfield died on October 29, 1887, in Ontwa Township, Michigan. Redfield is interred at Gods Half Acre Cemetery in Edwardsburg, Michigan.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Legislator Details - George Redfield". Library of Michigan. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Bingham, Stephen D. (1888). Early History of Michigan: With Biographies of State Officers, Members of Congress, Judges and Legislators. Thorp & Godfrey, state printers – via Internet Archive.
  3. ^ "Former Officials of Michigan" (PDF). Michigan Legislature. Retrieved June 14, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Redfield, John Howard (1860). Genealogical history of the Redfield family in the United States : being a revision and extension of the genealogical tables compiled in 1839 by William C. Redfield. Munsell & Rowland – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ "George Redfield Memorial". Find a Grave. Retrieved May 18, 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by Treasurer of Michigan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Michigan Secretary of State
Succeeded by