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George R. Collins
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George R. Collins was born in Troy, New York.  On the paternal side he is descended from six of the original Puritans, and the genealogical record on both sides traces back to the foundations of England and Holland.  The paternal ancestor who came to America was Lieutenant Benjamin Collins, who located in Salisbury, Mass, in 1628, and from whom George R. is a descendant in the ninth generation.  The other five original Puritans whose descendants married into the Collins family were the first Hugh Mosher, the first Samuel Hubbard, the first John Greenman, the first Joseph Clark, and the first Richard Maxon. 

     George R. Collins was educated in the public schools of Troy, and was graduated from the troy Military Academy.  After a business career in the East, he came to Kansas City in 1887.  He was book-keeper and afterwards credit man for the old firm of G. Y. Smith, and later cashier of the Westport Bank, and then the German Savings Bank of this city.  In 1892 he formed a partnership in the financial and fire insurance business, and in 1895 assumed the management of the National Benevolent Society.

     He was married July 2, 1900, to Miss Blanche Hastings.
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