George McClellan

War Hero

Birthday December 3, 1826

Birth Sign Sagittarius

Birthplace Philadelphia, PA

DEATH DATE Oct 29, 1885 (58)

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American Civil War General who established the Army of the Potomac and briefly served as general-in-chief of the Union Army.

Before Fame

He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, graduating second in his class. He went on to serve as an engineering officer during the Mexican-American War.


He was the Democratic presidential nominee in 1864, and he later served as the twenty-fourth Governor of New Jersey.

Family Life

His wife, Mary Ellen Marcy, initially refused his marriage proposal.

Associated With

He fought unsuccessfully against Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia in the 1862 Peninsula Campaign.