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George L. Mann. After thirty years of active practice as a lawyer George L. Mann recently retired from the law. He was a prominent attorney in Southwest Missouri for many years, but since statehood has lived in Oklahoma.
Mr. Mann was born in Warren County, Missouri, February 14, 1861, a son of Josiah and Elizabeth (Moore) Mann. Josiah Mann was born in Missouri August 10, 1824, about three years after the state was admitted to the Union, and spent his long and useful life as a farmer. He was married in Lincoln County, Missouri, to Miss Moore, who was born in Virginia February 21, 1827, and was brought to Missouri by her parents about 1835. For many years the family resided in Warren County, but during the period of the Civil war they moved to St. Louis County, and from there in 1872 went to Lafayette County, and they spent their declining years in Lexington. The mother died there March 29, 1899, and the father passed away at the age of eighty-two. Both were active members of the Baptist Church and the father was a lifelong democrat and a very strong partisan. They had seven children: Mary, wife of Thomas Mahan of Kansas City; Dr. J. A. of Wellington, Missouri; Joseph B., of Leadville, Colorado; Edgar P., who is an attorney for the Frisco Railroad Company at Springfield, Missouri ; George L.; Dr. F. W. of Wellington, Missouri; and Robert L., a merchant at Wellington.
George L. Mann spent his early youth chiefly in Lafayette County, Missouri. Besides the common schools he attended the Western Normal College at Bushnell, Illinois, and he read law at Lexington, Missouri, under Judge John E. Ryland. He was admitted to the bar in 1855 at the age of twenty-four and soon afterward located and began practice at Osceola in Southwestern Missouri. When the State Board of Bar Examiners was created in Missouri he was one of its first members by appointment from the Supreme Court.
In 1907 Mr. Mann gave up his extensive practice in Missouri and moved to Oklahoma, locating at Sapulpa, and from there going to Holdenville in June, 1911. He continued the practice of law until April, 1915, and then retired to look after his private interests. In politics he has always been a democrat, and while living in Missouri served as prosecuting attorney of St. Clair County. He also made the race for district judge while in Creek County, but in that election the republicans secured a majority. Mr. Mann is an active member of the Baptist Church and has served as a deacon almost continuously for thirty years.
On June 5, 1895, he married Miss Anna E. Shotwell of Richmond, Missouri, where she was born March 25, 1861, daughter of J. W. and Julia (Devlin) Shotwell. The three children of Mr. and Mrs. Mann are: George L. Jr., at home; Elizabeth L., who is a student in Hardin College at Mexico, Missouri; and Horace, at home.