George Harrison English, Sr., was born at Newark Ohio,
January 21, 1836. In 1854 his father moved from the Ohio farm to
Illinois, and Colonel English attended the Illinois College at
Jacksonville, from which he was graduated in 1857.
The young barrister read law with Judge Cyrus
Epler, of Jacksonville, and was admitted to the bar in 1860. He
began to practice at Greenfield, Ill., and when the war broke out he
became captain of the Thirty-second Illinois Infantry, serving four
years and rising to the ranks of major, lieutenant-colonel and
colonel. After the war he located at Leavenworth, Kas.,
practiced there eight years, then in Wichita four years, and to Kansas
City in 1878.
Colonel English was married in Kansas City in
1873 to Maggie S. Stonestreet. They have one son, George H.