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George Mortimer Pullman (1831 - 1897)

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George Mortimer Pullman
Born in Brocton, Chautauqua County, New Yorkmap
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Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USAmap
Profile last modified | Created 7 Jul 2015
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Categories: Illinois Notables | Brocton, New York | Albion, Orleans County, New York | Pullman, Illinois | Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

George Pullman is Notable.

Biography of George Mortimer PULLMAN

  • The Pullman family moved to Albion, New York, where George worked on packet boats on the Erie Canal.
  • George M. Pullman founded Pullman Palace Sleeping Car Company in 1867, the builder of the famous luxury Pullman Palace railway sleeper cars.
  • George Mortimer Pullman became a wealthy and well known industrial capitalist who leased his sleeper cars to railroads across the country.
  • George Mortimer Pullman was the owner of the Pullman Palace Car Company, 1867-1897.
  • George Pullman was a friend of Robert Todd Lincoln, the son of President Abraham Lincoln. Robert Todd Lincoln later became president of the Pullman Company.
  • George's company, Pullman Palace Sleeper Car Company, was a major employer of African American males after the United States Civil War. Former house slaves were sought out to work as railroad porters, and were paid decently by Pullman.
  • George Mortimer Pullman was also the founder of the company town of Pullman, Illinois, a planned community for his workers that he tightly controlled. Pullman, Illinois is now a neighborhood in Chicago.
  • George Mortimer Pullman died of a massive heart attack in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on October 19, 1897.[1] He was buried in Graceland Cemetery in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA.[2] His death occurred three years after a workers strike against his company was put down by the federal government.
  • The Pullman Company survived in various forms after his death, but was broken up into manufacturing and operating companies by Federal authorities to halt company monopoly of the sleeper car business.


  1. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1939, 1955-1994," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 July 2015), George M Pullman, ; citing , Cook, Illinois, United States, Cemetery, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.
  2. Find A Grave Memorial # 843, maintained by Find A Grave Record added January 01, 2001.
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 July 2015), George Pullman, Illinois, United States; citing p. 174, family 1126, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 545,699.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 9 July 2015), George M Pulman, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district 14, sheet 367D, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0185; FHL microfilm 1,254,185.

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