Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Chilcott, George Miles

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CHILCOTT, George Miles, senator, b. at Trough Creek, Huntingdon co., Pa., 2 Jan., 1828; d. in St. Louis, Mo., 6 March, 1891. He studied medicine for a short time, but adopted the life of a farmer and stock-raiser. He was elected sheriff of Jefferson county in 1853, removed to Nebraska in 1856, and was elected to the legislature the same year from Burt county. In 1859 he went to Denver, Col., and in 1860 settled in southern Colorado. He was a member of the constitutional convention and of the territorial legislature during the first two sessions, 1861-'2. In 1863 he was appointed register of the U. S. land-office for the Colorado district, and served four years. He was elected a representative in congress in 1865 under the state organization, but was not admitted. In 1866 he was again elected to congress as a republican, and served from 4 March, 1867, till 3 March, 1869. In 1872-'4 he was a member of the territorial council, in 1878 of the legislature, and on 11 April, 1882, was appointed U. S. senator to succeed Henry M. Teller for the term expiring in 1883.