George O. Rathbun
Born in Scipioville, near Auburn, New York, the son of Edward and Anna Fuller Rathbun. He attended the Auburn schools, studied law, attained admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Auburn. He married Eliza Treat Gould on October 16, 1823.
During his first term he was Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and in his second he was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
On April 23, 1844, Rathbun was involved in a physical confrontation on the House floor with former Speaker John White. White, a Whig, was delivering a speech in defense of Senator Henry Clay, the Whig nominee for President in that year's presidential election, and objected to a ruling from the Speaker denying him time to conclude his remarks. When Rathbun told White to be quiet, White confronted him and their disagreement lead to a fistfight between the two with dozens of their colleagues rushing to break up the fight. During the disturbance, an unknown visitor fired a pistol into the crowd, wounding a police officer. Both Rathbun and White subsequently apologized for their actions.
He continued to practice law, and was a Delegate to the 1867 New York constitutional convention.
Death and burial
Rathbun died in Auburn, New York on January 4, 1870. He was interred in Auburn's Fort Hill Cemetery.
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|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Harmon S. Conger
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