GEORGE MATTISON BIOGRAPHY:Biographical Sketches
Submitted by Michalene Schenburn Cardella, Great grand niece of George Mattison
HON. GEORGE MATTISON Ponca, Nebraska"The representative of the eighteenth district was born at Monroe, Wis., January 9, 1851. He has seen much of frontier life in the northwest, having gone with his parents to Iowa, and soon afterwards to Dakota territory, when he was quite young. Asa Mattison, his father, was a member of the first legislature in Dakota, just before the great Minnesota massacre, in 1862 and 1864, from Union county. When a boy of fourteen years he was left the head of the family, by his father's death, with very light resources beyond a "claim," as it was commonly called, and he experienced all the privations to which the early settler is usually subject. In 1872 he moved to Dixon county, near Ponca, where his home has been ever since. Mr. Mattison first engaged in the saw mill business, but since 1887 he has been farming. He owns 1,550 acres of land, and has given his time and attention to developing it heretofore, having taken no active part in politics until his republican constituents placed him in the house this session. Mr. Mattison is a married man, and has four boys. He is a very popular man in this section of the state. Mr. Mattison is chairman of the committee on privileges and elections, and belongs to the committees on roads and bridges, and county boundaries, county seats and township organizations."
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