Guess, George W. (ca. 1829–1868)

By: Stephanie P. Niemeyer

Type: Biography

Published: April 14, 2011

George W. Guess, lawyer, Confederate army officer, and mayor of Dallas, was born in North Carolina around 1829. While practicing law in Dallas, he aided Dallas District Attorney John Calvin McCoy in the case involving the murder of Alexander Cockrell. During the Civil War he was elected lieutenant colonel in the Thirty-first Texas Cavalry after serving with John Jay Good's Battery. He was imprisoned in a federal prison in New Orleans at the end of the war.

After the Civil War, Guess was mayor of Dallas from 1866 to 1868. He died on July 18, 1868, on a Mississippi River steamboat in Shelby County, Tennessee, after suffering sunstroke. He was buried at Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee. Guess was a Free Mason.

Guess, George W. Papers, 1861–1865, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. "Index to Politicians: Guess to Gunderson," The Political Graveyard (, accessed February 22, 2011.

  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Lawyers
  • Criminal Law and District Attorneys
  • Military
  • Confederate Military
  • Regimental and Staff Officers
  • Soldiers
  • Politics and Government
  • Civic and Community Leaders
  • Government Officials
Time Periods:
  • Civil War
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Region
  • Dallas
  • North Texas

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Stephanie P. Niemeyer, “Guess, George W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 27, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 14, 2011

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