George P. Bemis

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George Pickering Bemis (March 15, 1838 – December 11, 1916) worked for nearly two decades as private secretary to his wealthy cousin, George Francis Train. He also acted as a real estate, loan and collection agent, and was later elected to one term as mayor of Omaha, Nebraska, USA.[1]

George P. Bemis
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Mayor of Omaha
In office
January 5, 1892 – January 7, 1896
Succeeded byWilliam J. Broatch
Personal details
Born(1838-03-15)15 March 1838
Died11 December 1916(1916-12-11) (aged 78)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Julie F. Browne
OccupationPolitician, real estate


Bemis was born in Boston, Massachusetts to a prominent Massachusetts family. When he was 13 he moved to New York City, New York, spending nearly twenty-five years there. He spent seventeen years as his cousin George Francis Train's private secretary and traveled around the world with him.[2] Bemis traveled extensively, accompanying Train in many tours over and around the world. He came to Omaha in April 1868 as secretary and manager of one of Train's companies, Credit Foncier of America. He quit that job when Train was indicted in New York. in the Credit Mobilier scandal.[3]

On returning to Omaha, Bemis worked as a real estate agent throughout the city, selling lots in the Credit Foncier Addition and focusing on his own subdivision. It has been designated the Bemis Park Landmark Heritage District. As the mayor of Omaha from 1892 to 1896, Bemis did a great deal to promote parks throughout the city.[3]

He supported women's rights and funded a newspaper in the cause in the late 1870s. In the early twentieth century, Bemis offered to send $100,000 to the Federal Government in order to keep the activist Emmeline Pankhurst from being deported in 1913.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Mayors of Omaha, Nebraska Archived 2009-05-12 at the Wayback Machine. Omaha Public Library. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  2. ^ Train, G.F. (1902, 2007) My life in many states and in foreign. Kessinger Publishing, LLC. p 48.
  3. ^ a b "Douglas County", Andreas' History of Nebraska. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
  4. ^ (1913) "Offers to furnish bond", New York Times. October 19, 1913. Retrieved April 10, 2008.
Preceded by
Richard C. Cushing
Mayor of Omaha
Succeeded by
William J. Broatch