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HONEY, GEORGE W.

HONEY, GEORGE W. (1833–1906). George W. Honey, Methodist minister and state treasurer, was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, on March 13, 1833. He married Lavina Marietta Ordway in 1854; they had at least four children. In 1860 Honey was living in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and was working as a chair maker. He served as a private and as a chaplain in the Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry during the Civil War. Honey moved to Texas from Wisconsin in 1866. As a representative of the American Missionary Association, he supervised the organization of schools for freed slaves. He advocated a system whereby planters set up schools on their plantations for workers and their families. He was elected state treasurer as a Republican in November 1869. In 1872 he was prosecuted in the district court for improper conduct as state treasurer, accused of misappropriation of public funds, and at the request of Governor Edmund J. Davis, removed from office. He was later reinstated by order of the state Supreme Court, but in 1875 he left Austin and went to Kansas. Honey died on May 5, 1906, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Frank Brown, Annals of Travis County and the City of Austin (MS, Frank Brown Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin). Carl H. Moneyhon, Republicanism in Reconstruction Texas (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980). William C. Nunn, Texas Under the Carpetbaggers (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1962). William L. Richter, Overreached on All Sides (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1991).

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