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Perspective character

Name:George Priestman
Age:52
Gender:Male
Race/Ethnicity:White
Profession:Owner of Printing Company
Home Location:George Eastman's Home
Memberships/Factions: Aristocrats
Relationships:Martha Priestman (mother), Alice Priestman (sister), Georgia Peckerton (crush)
Disposition:Stern and business-like but with a nice, thoughtful side.
High concept: Philanthropy towards education for the poor.
Special skills/abilities: Intelligent, business savvy, adaptable
Notable flaws/weaknesses: Quick to take offense, prideful, physically disabled
Memberships/Factions/Affiliations: Aristocracy
Basic appearance description (daily, avg): A smaller, nicely dressed man with grey hair. Walks with the help of a cane but still carries himself strongly. Has sharp, intelligent blue eyes hidden beneath the hint of wrinkles.
Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
  • Manages printing business
  • Improve someones day every day.
  • Mentor a young person and see them succeed
  • Make Rochester a better place
  • Provide better access to education


Narrative


Background (family, education, important life events)

George Priestman was born in 1869 and moved to Rochester in 18674 so that his father could be close to the business college that he had opened. Two years later his father died, leaving him, his mother, and two older sisters without strong financial footing. His oldest sister died a year later. He attended school from 8-14 before he had to drop out to help support his family after his father’s death. Priestman worked for a construction company for multiple years, which is what led to his back injury and use of a cane later in life.


When he realized that his current line of work would not last much longer, he began saving money. He then used his savings to start a printing company with his childhood best friend. The company started off poorly, and the extra stress of running a business took a toll on his friend's health, who died of pneumonia in the second year of the business. Priestman vowed to make the company succeed in his memory, and he did by making smarter business decisions than his competitors and having great customer relationships.

Priestman has had very extremely limited relations with women. He has loved one woman all of his life, who he confessed his love for at the age of 20. At this time, however, he was still a poor struggling man supporting his mother and sister, so the girl that he loved shunned him. This rejection only gave him more motivation to succeed, and he still pines for the woman even though she is with another man. His platonic relationship with her is the only close relationship he has outside of his mother and sister.


After his company succeeded, he began trying to give back to his mother for all the support she had given him when he was younger and dependent on her. She told him instead to give his help to others, so he committed himself to helping children like him. He has started many education programs for impoverished children like himself. Because he grew up having to work a job that left him crippled, he wants to give children a better opportunity than what he was given.



Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Priestman spends a small portion of his days managing his printing company, but he has delegated most of the work away. His business is flourishing, so he spends most of his time with his philanthropy groups. While he treats everyone politely and is seen as a nice, cheerful man, he spends most of his solitary time depressed. Besides his business and philanthropy, he is a very solitary man and prefers to isolate himself rather than become involved in politics. He feels much insecurity about his depression and the fact that he is part of the upper class but came from a poor background.