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PULLMAN George Mortimer

Male 1831 - 1897  (66 years)Deceased


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  • Name  PULLMAN George Mortimer 
    Born  3 Mar 1831  Brocton, Chautauqua, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    1880 US Federal Census  1880  Pullman, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Funeral  1897 
    • Pullman died of a heart attack on October 19, 1897 at the age of 66. Funeral services were held privately at his mansion on Prairie Avenue in the afternoon. The funeral cortege arrived at Graceland Cemetery where elaborate preparations had made. A pit the size of an average room had been dug on the family plot, its base and walls of reinforced concrete 18 inches thick. Into this the lead-lined mahogany casket was lowered, and covered with tarpaper and asphalt. The pit was filled with concrete on top of which a series of steel rails were laid at right angles to each other and bolted together. These rails were embedded in another layer of concrete. It took two days to complete, then sod was put down. These precautions were taken to prevent any desecration of the body - an unfortunate price Pullman paid for his victory in the Pullman strike Ambrose Bierce said It is clear the family in their bereavement was making sure the sonofabitch wasn't going to get up and come back.
    Residence  1877-1897  Pullman, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    1729 S. Praire Avenue 
    • George Pullman commissioned John M. Dunphy to build the mansion for his family in 1877. The three-story greystone was set in a private garden with lighted fountains and a large conservatory. The home included a 200-seat theater and a bowling alley. It was demolished in 1922 per instructions in Mrs. Pullman's will.
    George Mortimer Pullman's Mansion
    George Mortimer Pullman's Mansion
    George Mortimer Pullman's Mansion
    George Mortimer Pullman's Mansion
    A photo of the home taken from the rear.
    Will  1897  [1
    • George's estate was worth $7.5 million at the time of his death. He left $1 million to each of his daughters and the rest was left in trust. He disinherited his two sons for bad judgement and irresponsibility.
    Died  19 Oct 1897 
    Age  66 years 
    Buried  Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    George Pullman's Grave at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, IL
    Person ID  I1634  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  8 Apr 2013 

    Family  SANGER Harriet,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  13 Jun 1867 
    Children 
     1. PULLMAN Florence,   b. 1868,   d. 1937  Age: 69 years
     2. PULLMAN Harriett,   b. 17 Sep 1869,   d. 20 Oct 1956  Age: 87 years
     3. PULLMAN George, Jr.,   b. 1875,   d. Nov 1901  Age: 26 years
     4. PULLMAN Walter Sanger,   b. 1875,   d. Aug 1905  Age: 30 years
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F594  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Mar 1831 - Brocton, Chautauqua, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Maps1880 US Federal Census - 1880 - Pullman, Cook, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1729 S. Praire Avenue - 1877-1897 - Pullman, Cook, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos

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    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    Framed tintype of George M. Pullman, probably taken while making money in the retail business out west. George is about age 30? Chicago Historical Society owns the original.
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George Pullman
    George Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    Print by Paul Petraitis from original glass plate negative showing the only unretouched portrait of George M. Pullman - an accompanying full-length portrait negative is in the Tim Samuelson collection.
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    Last known photograph of George M. Pullman.
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman
    George M. Pullman

  • Notes 
    • OCCUPATION -- Originally trained as a cabinetmaker, he became a building contractor in Chicago in 1855. In 1863 he designed the first modern railroad sleeping car and patented his innovations-folding upper berths and seats that could extend into lower berths. In 1867 he organized the Pullman Palace Car Co., which manufactured sleeping cars, parlor cars, and dining cars. In 1880 he founded the town of Pullman, Ill., now part of Chicago, as a community for the workers of his company. The violent Pullman strike in 1894 occurred when the Pullman Palace Car Co. reduced wages without reducing rents in the company town.

      (REF: http://www.fwkc.com/encyclopedia/low/articles/p/p020001389f.html)


      George Pullman created the first planned model industrial town. Most of the town was built between 1880 and 1884 in Illinois. A brief history of the town can be read online at http://members.aol.com/pullmanil/history.html .


      BURIAL -- Inventor of the Pullman Railroad Sleeping Car. His coffin is covered with tar paper and asphalt, sunk in a concrete block and covered with railroad ties and recovered with more concrete. The family thought it was necessary to protect the body from angry railroad workers..

      (REF: http://www.findagrave.com/pictures/843.html)

  • Sources 
    1. [S63] 740 Park: The Story of the World's Richest Apartment Building, Michael Gross, (New York, NY: Broadway Books, 2005.), p. 706-708. (Reliability: 3), 1 Jan 2011.