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Historical Character
Name: George Washington Aldridge Jr.
Age: 65 in 1921

Gender: Male

Race/Ethnicity: White

Profession: Retired (Served as mayor from 1894 - 1895)

Location: 96 Plymouth Avenue South, Rochester

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics: Clever, Compasssionate, Honest, Forgiving, Powerful, Generous

Biography (ca. 1921): Aldridge was born in Michigan City, Indiana on December 28, 1956. He got a good education from De Graff Military Institute in Rochester and Cary Collegiate Seminary in Oakfield, New York. He then worked as a general contractor with his father until his father's death in 1877.
George Aldridge first served as a member of the executive board of the city at the age of 26. He did so well that he was reelected four times, each time with a bigger majority over his opponent. In 1894, he served as mayor of Rochester until the next year, when Governor Morton appointed him to the position of State Superintendent of Public Works, an even more powerful position. He served in this position until 1905, when Governor Higgins appointed him a member of the New York State Railroad, and he became chairman of the organization in 1907.
His work and his generosity earned him the support and respect of many. He is regarded as a man who can be trusted and safely followed. When he passed away in 1922, crowds lined the streets to pay him respects.