Biography of Hon. George Ashby Cummings
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Hon. George Ashby Cummings, ex-Mayor of Concord and formerly a member of the State Senate, was born in Acworth, June 13, 1833, son of Alvah and Polly (Grout) Cummings. His father was a native of Sullivan, and his mother was born in Acworth. He was educated in the public schools of South Acworth. At the age of twenty years he engaged in the marble business in Franklin, N.H., where he remained until 1861. He then moved to Concord, where he has prosperously carried on the same business. His reputation is that of an able, energetic business man. He was a Representative to the New Hampshire legislature during the years 1870 and 1871, a member of the Board of Aldermen of Concord in 1873 and 1874, Mayor of Concord in 1880 and 1881; and he was in the State Senate in 1890 and 1891, being elected president of the New Hampshire Senate Association in the same year. Since its formation he has been a director of the Concord Street Railway Company. He is the president and a director of the Concord Shoe Manufactory, a trustee of the Merrimack County Savings Bank and the New Hampshire Orphans’ Home in Franklin, a trustee and the vice-president of the Odd Fellows Home; and he has been the president of the Concord Odd Fellows Hall Association since its organization.
On February 24, 1854, Mr. Cummings was united in marriage with Mary E. Smith, of Manchester. Of their two children Frank E. Cummings, of Haverhill, Mass., is living. Mr. Cummings is a member of White Mountain Lodge, No. 5, I. O. O. F. In that fraternity he has been Grand Master of the State, and he has represented this jurisdiction in the Sovereign Grand Lodge of the United States. He is a Baptist in his religious views, and he is the president and a trustee of the First Baptist Society.