Hon. George Pfeiffer, Jr.
Hon. George Pfeiffer, Jr., of Camden, N.J., successor to the first of
George Pfeiffer & Son, prominent dealers in high-grade Lehigh coal, brick,
and building stone, is a native of this city. He was born on March 16,
1856, son of George, Sr., and Kathrine (Kramer) Pfeiffer, the first a
native of Bavaria, and the later of Wurtemberg, Germany.
In 1846, when sixteen years of age, George Pfeiffer, Sr. (a Bavarian by
birth), caste to seek his fortune in America, locating in Philadelphia,
where he learned the baker's trade, and working there until the time of
the Mexican War, when he went out with the United States troops. He was
with the Pennsylvania regiment commanded by General Beauregard. At the
close of the war he returned and settled in Carriden in 1854, and here
started a bakery. Some years later he embarked in the coal and lumber
trade in Camden, which he conducted successfully until 1875. He then
established the coal, brick, and stone business now conducted by his son
at the corner of Cooper's Creek Bridge and Federal Street. In this he was
profitably engaged until his death, which occurred in Camden in 1894, at
the age of sixty-six. He was a prominent member of various fraternal
organizations, including the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and the Improved Order of Red Men, and was buried with Masonic honors. His
wife, Mrs. Katherine Kramer Pfeiffer, survives him. Both were members of
the German Lutheran church. They had five children; namely, George,
Lizzie, David, Rose, and Anna.
||George Pfeiffer, Jr., spent his
early years in acquiring his education in the Camden city schools
and the Friends' School in Philadelphia. His first venture in a
business way was in oil, starting near here on a small scale, and,
as he was able, enlarging his plant, which he eventually sold to
good advantage. He then went into real estate. and met with success
in this line also, but finally sold out his real estate interests to
join his father in the coal and lumber business. Afterward he left
that to engage in the bottling business, which he followed for about
five years; and at the time he sold out he had the largest business
of the kind. in this section. He next purchased a hotel at
Brown's-Mills-in-the-Pines, Burlington County, which he conducted in
connection with other enterprises until the hotel was destroyed by
fire. After that calamity he rejoined his father, and since his
father's death he has carried on the business alone. Mr. Pfeiffer is
quite extensively interested in the construction of water-works,
having built the
Stockton water-works and the Seaside water-works, and being now engaged
in driving artesian wells to supply the city of Camden with water, this
contract amounting to six hundred thousand dollars.
In, 1877 Mr. Pfeiffer was united in marriage with Adaline L. Adams, who
was born in Beverly, and is a daughter of Israel B. Adams, a prosperous
farmer of that town. Seven children have blessed their union, and four are
now living; namely, Katherine, Howard, Ada, and Newell.
Mr. Pfeiffer's public career has been one of masked honor and distinction.
In political views he is a Democrat. He was a member of the City Council
from the Sixth Ward for three years; a member of the lower house of the
State legislature from the Second Assembly District one term; and a member
of the Senate front Camden County in 1888, 1889, and 1890. He has served
on the Police Commission of Camden, is President of the Fish and Game
Commission of the State, was a Colonel on Governor Werts's staff three
years, and is United States Marshal. In all the different conventions
front ward to national, he has served as a delegate; and he has been a
member of the ward, city, county, and State committees.
|Mr. Pfeiffer is very highly esteemed in fraternal
circles, and is a member of the following organizations: Mozart
Lodge, No. 121, A. F. & A. M.; Siloam Chapter, No. 19, Royal Arch
Masons; Excelsior Consistory; Cyrene Commandery, No. 7, Knights
Templars; the Improved Order of Red Alen; Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks; Washington Castle, Knights of the Golden
Eagle; and the Ancient Order of United Workmen; is interested in
many building and loan associations, and is a Director of the New
Jersey Trust and Safe Deposit Company;
President of the Long Transportation Company; President of the
Stockton water-works and of the Sea Isle City and Egg harbor water
works; President of the Manahawkin and Long Beach Transportation
Company, and a director in many other enterprises. He and his wife and
family are members of the Lutheran church.
Source: Biographical review: containing life sketches of
leading citizens of Camden and Burlington Counties, New Jersey,
Biographical Review Publishing Co., Boston, 1897.
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