Biography of George W. Bacheller

From his fifteenth year George W. Bacheller, of Newport, has been actively associated with financial and civic affairs and has become well known throughout Rhode Island’s banking circles. His other interests have been wide and contributive to the progress of numerous organizations with which he has become connected. He has held public office and administered its duties with credit to himself and to the full satisfaction of the electorate. In fraternal circles he has also been actively associated and is a popular and influential member of various societies and orders, as well as of social clubs and commercial organizations. Altogether, Mr. Bacheller is held in esteem by the people with whom he has come in contact and is considered one of the leading citizens of the State.

He was born in Newport, Rhode Island, January 23, 1877, a son of George W. and Annie (Popple) Bacheller. Both parents, now deceased, were natives of Newport and his father was for many years engaged in the upholstery business. After completion of the courses in the public schools, George W. Bacheller (2) began his business career as an employee in a banking institution, where he remained from 1892 to 1902, when he obtained a position as clerk in the Newport Trust Company. Steadily rising in position until 1918, in that year he was appointed secretary and treasurer of the company and at the same time made manager of the Newport branch of the Industrial Trust Company of Providence. He is a Republican in politics and for twenty years served on the Newport Representative Council. He is a director and treasurer of the Community Hotels Corporation, trustee and treasurer of the Newport Hospital, was a director and treasurer of the Newport Young Men’s Christian Association for many years, director and treasurer of the Newport Family Welfare Association, director and treasurer of the Newport Chapter of the American Red Cross and assistant secretary of the Newport Country Club. He is a member of the Second Baptist Church. Fraternally, he is affiliated with St. Paul Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; is Past Grand of Excelsior Lodge, No. 49, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; a member and Past Sachem of the Improved Order of Red Men; and member of the Royal Arcanum. He is one of the organizers of the Chamber of Commerce, and belongs to the Rotary Club and to the Miantonomi Club.

George W. Bacheller married, in 1901, Lydia M. Greenman, of Newport, Rhode Island.

Source: Carroll, Charles. Rhode Island: Three Centuries of Democracy, vol 3 of 4. New York: Lewis historical Pub. Co., 1932.

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