Bill George (dog dealer)
Bill George was a Victorian era dog dealer and well-known character in London, England. George's first job was as a butcher's boy. A bareknuckle prizefighter, he became an apprentice to Ben White of'May Tree Cottage', Kensal New Town, a dealer of Old English Bulldogs, the ancestral breed of Bulldog used for dog fighting and bull-baiting. Kensal New Town was a rough working class area with many Irish immigrants and the scene of Protestant-Catholic conflicts, he was indirectly part of an incident in 1825, sponsored by Sam Wedgbury, who had bought a dog from White, a menagerie owner called George Wombwell, involving lion-baiting by Bulldogs. George is said to have unsuccessfully attempted to dissuade the participants from continuing in this bloody enterprise; the outcome was that one of the lions was injured and several dogs were killed, leading to public outrage and a local ordinance banning the use of dogs for fighting. The practice continued in secret and White's kennels remained in operation, with George continuing to work for him.
In 1835, Parliament passed the Cruelty to Animals Act. In that same year, Ben White died, George purchased the premises from his widow, renaming them'Canine Castle'. Aware that for the business to continue, a new clientele would have to be cultivated, George shifted the focus onto the Bulldog as a companion animal, giving the breed a fresh impetus, he developed a new line of "Toy Bulldogs" which became a craze in France where he sent many specimens who are believed to have been major contributors to a new breed, the French Bulldog. The magazine Country Life, on 29 April 1899 recounts:"Some five-and-thirty years ago in fact, the small-sized or light-weight Bulldog was common in this country. By some freak of fashion the Toy Bulldog became all the rage in Paris, with the result that the celebrated Bill George, of Canine Castle, Kensal New Town, the most eminent dog dealer of his or any other day, received carte blanche commissions from French customers to procure them light-weight Bulldogs, by this means England was denuded of all the best specimens."
In 1840, George imported a larger breed used for bull baiting in Spain. He was brindle pied, known as "Big Headed Billy". George's famous white dog Dan, which weighed 65 lbs, was sold for the extraordinary sum of £100, was a grandson of Big Headed Billy. George was breeding Bulldogs in three sizes. Earlier than that, he had begun to branch out into Mastiffs, selling John Wigglesworth Thompson the brindle bitch Juno, who would be the foundation of his line. Thompson would make him a gift of a young dog called Tiger known as George's Tiger, who would become an important stud dog. George provided both the foundation animals and Eve, for Captain Garnier. Adam and Eve's descendant Governor was the most famous Mastiff in the beginning of the dog show era. George's celebrity status is confirmed by his appearance in the Punch magazine cartoon shown above, he claimed to have received visits from foreign royalty. Charles Dickens paid him visits when researching Bill Sikes’ dog, Bull’s Eye in Oliver Twist.
He was proud that a letter sent to “Bill George, Devil’s Castle, Bloodhound Corner, Tyke Lane, London” reached him, but disappointed when one sent to “Mr. Bill George, Dog Fancier, London” was returned to the sender, he is said to have asked the name of the Postmaster General, when told it was Lord John Manners, replied, “Tell those fools in the Post Office that if his Lordship don’t know me, I don’t know manners”. Bill George died on 4 June 1884 in Kensal New Town, was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery. With one "Mary Hurd, of Canine Castle, Kensal New Town, spinster", as his sole executor; the Kennel Chronicle twice featured George after his death. On the first occasion his obituary said, he was a character in his generation. He is described by one who knew him as a sturdy, honest dealing man, known to be trustworthy by all who came in contact with him. Bill George remained an honourable man in a business which abounded with temptations." In 1884 the publication made this appeal, "During the last few years of his life, Bill George was jilted to some extent by Dame Fortune, hence his widow, paralysed, is unprovided for, has no resources.
A subscription list has been drawn up, the Editor of Sporting Life will receive contributions". Mary George died in August 1895, was buried with her husband
Bill George (labor activist)
William M. "Bill" George is an American labor union activist and political leader who served as President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO from 1990 to 2010. George a steel mill worker, began his career in union activism in 1960, when he joined the United Steelworkers of America Local 1211 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. In 1971, he was appointed to the International Staff of the USWA District 20. In 1985, he was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the United Steelworkers Legislative Committee of Pennsylvania, where he was in charge of the legislative and education program. In 1990, he was elected President of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. In that position, he is "unquestionably PA's top labor leader", his election was a contentious one, with hundreds of construction workers who supported George's opponent, Vice Chair Robert McIntyre, leaving the convention hall in protest prior to the vote. At issue was a adopted rule allowing convention delegates to carry votes for their own local unions, plus votes for local unions not present.
National president Lane Kirkland sent McIntyre a letter supporting the decision. George served as a delegate to the 2000, 2004, 2008 Democratic National Conventions, he served as a Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania during the 1992, 1996, 2000 United States presidential elections. He served as member of the Democratic National Committee from 2004 through 2008. In 2003, he was named to the PoliticsPA "Power 50" list of politically influential individuals, he was named to the PoliticsPA list of "Pennsylvania's Top Political Activists." The Pennsylvania Report named him to the 2003 "The Pennsylvania Report Power 75" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics, calling him "the name most people still associate with organized labor."In 2009, the Pennsylvania Report named him to "The Pennsylvania Report 100" list of influential figures in Pennsylvania politics and noted that as a "veteran of Harrisburg political battles" Bill George was a "major force in the state Democratic Party and in the legislature."
In 2010, Politics Magazine named him one of the most influential Democrats in Pennsylvania. He retired from the presidency in 2010. Media related to Bill George at Wikimedia Commons William M. George at The Political Graveyard
Bill George (baseball)
William M. George was a professional baseball player for the New York Giants and the Columbus Solons, he played with the Giants from 1887 to 1889, played one year with the Columbus Solons of the American Association in 1889. He was born on January 27, 1865 in Bellaire, Ohio and he died on August 23, 1916 in Wheeling, West Virginia, he is buried in the Mount Calvary Cemetery in West Virginia. He threw left-handed. Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or Baseball-Reference
Bill George (academic)
William W. George is an American businessman and academic, he is professor of Management Practice, a Henry B. Arthur Fellow of Ethics, at Harvard Business School. Prior to that, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. George graduated with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1964. At Georgia Tech, George was a member of the Beta Psi chapter of Sigma Chi, he received an MBA from Harvard University in 1966, he was awarded the highest honors as a Baker Scholar. He started his career in the United States Department of Defense, he served as a senior executive of Honeywell and Litton Industries. In 1989, he joined Medtronic as chief operating officer, he was elected chief executive officer in 1991 and chairman of the board in 1996. He is a full professor at the Harvard Business School in Massachusetts. In 2002–2003 he was professor at the International Institute for Management Development and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
He has served as executive-in-residence at the Yale School of Management. He serves on the boards of directors of Mayo Clinic and Goldman Sachs, he has sat on the boards of Target Corporation. He sits on the boards of trustees of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the World Economic Forum, the Guthrie Theater, he has served as chair of the board of Allina Health System, Abbott Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, AdvaMed. He has received honorary degrees from the St. Thomas University School of Bryant University, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS. Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Value, ISBN 978-0-7879-6913-4, 2003. True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, ISBN 978-0-7879-8751-0, with Peter Sims, 2007. True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development, ISBN 978-1-60994-007-2, with Doug Baker, 2008.
Finding Your True North: A Personal Guide, ISBN 978-0-470-26136-1, with Andrew McLean and Nick Craig, 2008. 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis, ISBN 978-0-470-53187-7, 2009. Discover Your True North, ISBN 978-1-119-08294-1, 2015; the Discover Your True North Fieldbook: A Personal Guide to Becoming an Authentic Leader, ISBN 978-1-119-10355-4, with Nick Craig and Scott Snook, 2015