George Mifflin Wharton

A distinguished member of the Philadelphia Bar and US District Attorney under Pres. Buchanan

From the Public Press.

BORN December 26, 1806. Died February 5, 1870. Graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1823; elected trustee 1841.

It is with profound regret that we record the death, on the 5th inst., of George Mifflin Wharton, Esq., one of our ablest lawyers and most distinguished citizens. In the decease of this gentleman the Philadelphia bar has lost one of its acknowledged leaders and the community one of its best and most useful members. Mr. Wharton has held a conspicuous position in the public eye for many years, and his character was fuily appreciated and held in the highest esteem by his fellow-citizens.

As a lawyer he stood deservedly in the front ranks of the profession. He brought to the examination of the most difficult questions a mind singularly clear and well balanced, a judgment eminently sound and practical, and an abundant store of legal learning. In the convention of the forum he displayed faculties of logical and persuasive argument of the highest order. The current of his discourse was always calm, clear and deep. He adorned the profession not less by the high tone and spotless integrity of his character and the amenity of his deportment than by his talents and acquirements, and his loss will  be deeply deplored by his professional brethren, who looked up to him as a model of  excellence.

Mr. Wharton's labors were not confined to the arduous duties of his professions. He participated largely in matters affecting the public welfare, and took an active and leading part in the questions of the day. The cause of public education interested his earnest sympathy and support at an early period of his career.  

He took a deep interest in public schools, and was for many years one of the most active and useful members of the Board of Directors, and for some time was President of the Board on Control.  

After the disruption of the old-time Whig party, his judgment upon national issues induced him to attach himself to the Democratic party, to which he adhered to the time of his death.

He served his fellow-citizens for several years as a member of the Select Council and President of that body, and held the post of District Attorney of the United States for this district during a part of the administration of Mr. Buchanan.

In private life Mr. Wharton was distinguished by sterling integrity and an amiability which endeared him to all who knew him. He was a man of eminent virtue, and what is still better, a devout and unostentatious Christian. His judicious counsel will be missed in that branch of the Church, to which he was devotedly attached and in whose affairs, as a leading member for many years of   her diocesan convention, he took an active interest. It is impossible in this notice to do justice to the character and services of Mr. Wharton. They require a larger space than we are able to give on this occasion, but we can not let it pass without paying this faint and very imperfect tribute to his memory.

On June 04, 1835 George married Maria Markoe. Maria was born December 18, 1812 in Philadelphia. The descendant of  yet another distinquished Philadelphia family, the Markoes.  The couple had eight children:

  1. Ellen Markoe born July 15, 1837, died December 31, 1908, m. (1) Robert Morris, (2) George M. Dallas
  2. Agnes born May 31, 1839, died May 04, 1896, m. Pemberton Sidney Hutchinson
  3. Maria born November 26, 1840, died December 1865, Munich, Bavaria, Ger. m. Thompson Lennig
  4. Hitty Markoe born December 17, 1842, m. George Pepper
  5. Elizabeth born December 12, 1844, died April 07, 1912, m. Thomas McKean
  6. William Fishbourne born October 23, 1845 m. Frances Fisher
  7. Edith born August 20, 1848, m. December 27, 1871 George Boker who died May 01, 1900
  8. George born August 29, 1850, died October 24, 1911 m. Julia V. Duncan

George died in Philadelphia February 05, 1870. He was preceeded in death by Maria who died May 29, 1865 also in Philadelphia.