Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Meyer, George von Lengerke

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MEYER, GEORGE VON LENGERKE, American political leader. Born in Boston in 1858, he graduated from Harvard in 1879, and was then for twenty years in business as merchant and trustee. During part of this time he was on the Boston Common Council and Board of Aldermen, and in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving as Speaker, 1894-7. He was Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotientary to Italy 1900-5, and Ambassador to Russia, 1905-7. President Roosevelt made him Postmaster-General in 1907, and he was Secretary of the Navy under President Taft, 1909-13. He died in 1918.