Biography of George H. Pinckney

George H. Pinckney, an esteemed auditor of Grant County, South Dakota, has been a resident since 1887, achieving success through his dedicated efforts. Born in New York in 1867, he was raised in Minnesota and educated in its public schools. After a brief period of teaching, Pinckney moved to South Dakota and engaged in farming before acquiring his own property in Grant County. A committed Republican, he garnered support for his election as County Auditor. Pinckney remains an influential figure, maintaining his farm and actively participating in organizations such as the Modern Woodmen of America. He and his wife, Helen Allen, have four children: Hazel, Nada, Gladys, and Francis.

George H. Pinckney, the able and popular auditor of Grant County, has been a resident of the state since 1887 and has attained prestige and success through his well-directed efforts. He was born in Onondaga County, New York, on the 1st of January, 1867, and is a son of James G. and Mary E. (Wood) Pinckney, who were likewise born and reared in the old Empire State of the Union, where they maintained their home until 1869 when they removed to Fillmore County, Minnesota, where the father of the subject engaged in farming and where the mother still maintains her home. His death occurred on December 12, 1903. Of their five children, all are living.

George H. Pinckney was a child of but two years at the time of his parents’ removal to the West, and he was reared to maturity in Fillmore County, Minnesota, where he availed himself of the advantages of the public schools. After leaving school, he was engaged in teaching in Minnesota for one year. At the expiration of that year, in 1887, he came to what is now the state of South Dakota, locating in Lake County, where he was engaged in farm work for about one and a half years. On the 15th of November, 1888, he was married to Miss Helen Allen, who was born in Minnesota, being a daughter of H. W. and Helen (Tucker) Allen. Shortly after this important event in his life history, Mr. Pinckney returned to Minnesota and took up his residence in Fillmore County, where he was engaged in farming for the ensuing five years. In 1894, he came again to South Dakota and located in Grant County, where he became the owner of a fine farm of one hundred sixty acres in Osceola Township. He continued to improve and cultivate this farm, as well as raise livestock until his election to his present office in the fall of 1902. He still retains possession of the farm, which is one of the attractive rural demesnes of this section of the state.

In politics, Mr. Pinckney has always been found staunchly supporting the principles and policies of the Republican Party, taking an active interest in the promotion of its cause. On the party’s ticket, he secured a flattering endorsement at the polls on the occasion of his election to the office of County Auditor. He is affiliated with Milbank Camp, No. 1887, Modern Woodmen of America, and he is also a Master Mason. He and his wife have four children: Hazel L., Nada, Gladys, and Francis M.


Robinson, Doane, History of South Dakota: together with mention of Citizens of South Dakota, [Logansport? IN] : B. F. Bowen, 1904.

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