George Pendleton
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1825
Date of Death: 1889
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Politician
Political Party: Democratic Party
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Ohio,
United States Senator from Ohio
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Direct
Political Office(s): United States Representative from Ohio,
Minister to the Confederate States

George Hunt Pendleton (July 19, 1825 – November 24, 1889) was a US Representative and a Senator from Ohio. Nicknamed "Gentleman George" for his demeanor, he was the Democratic nominee for Vice President of the United States during the American Civil War in 1864, running as a peace Democrat with war Democrat George McClellan; they lost to Abraham Lincoln and his running mate Andrew Johnson. He is best known as the principal author of the Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act of 1883.

George Pendleton in The Guns of the South[]

During the Second American Revolution, Congressman George Pendleton (D-Ohio) had called for a peaceful accommodation between the United States and Confederate States. After the war, he served as the first US Minister to the Confederate States. He was a close personal friend of U.S. Vice President Clement Vallandigham, a fellow Ohioan.[1]


  1. The Guns of the South pgs. 438-439
Political offices
Preceded by
Timothy C. Day
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio's 1st congressional district
March 4, 1857 - March 3, 1865
Succeeded by
Benjamin Eggleston
Preceded by
Thomas Stanley Matthews
United States Senator (Class 3) from Ohio
March 4, 1879 - March 3, 1885
Served alongside: Allen G. Thurman, John Sherman
Succeeded by
Henry B. Payne
Party political offices
Preceded by
Herschel Vespasian Johnson (Northern),
Joseph Lane (Southern)
Democratic Party vice presidential candidate
1864 (lost)
Succeeded by
Francis Preston Blair, Jr.