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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.

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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; Ad here

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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