George A. Seiler

A Covington industrialist and Postmaster. George A. Seiler was born on March 31, 1868 at Butler (Pendleton County), Kentucky. His father was George Seiler (1829-1897), a native of Baden. He immigrated to the United States in 1849. His mother was Anna Keegan (1826-1899), a native of County Galway, Ireland. The couple had one other child, John J. Seiler.

George A. Seiler was educated in the public schools at Butler, Kentucky. He also attended a private high school in that same community. Seiler married Anna Katherine Schuler on May 21, 1896 in Dividing Ridge, Kentucky. The couple had one child, Charles Dewey Seiler (born on April 7, 1899). George A. Seiler served as Deputy Sheriff in Pendleton County (1892-1896), Kentucky and with the Internal Revenue Service (1889-1892 and 1896-1900). He relocated to Covington in 1900.

In September 1903, he was appointed finance clerk of the Covington Post Office. He held this position until 1908, when he was appointed Assistant Postmaster of Covington (resigned in 1910). Seiler then served as Covington City Auditor for two years and on the Covington City Commission from 1920-1921. In March 1920, Seiler was elected to a four-year term on the Kentucky State Republican Central Committee. On July 1, 1921, George A. Seiler was appointed Postmaster of the City of Covington. Seiler also was the owner of the Seiler Motor Car Company of Covington. He began the business in 1911, which was located at 1324-1336 Madison Avenue. A modern garage and service center was completed on this site in 1920. The company continued to be operated after George’s death by his son Charles.

Seiler was a member of the Bishop Carrell Knights of Columbus in Covington and the Covington Elks Lodge. He was also a very active member of the Republican Party, having served as Chairman of the Executive Committee. G.A. Seiler died at his home, 616 Wallace Avenue, on July 16, 1929. He was survived by his widow, Catherine Seiler, and son, Charles. At the time of his death, the family was living at 2209 Scott Street in Covington. Funeral services were held at St. Mary Cathedral in Covington with burial at Mother of God Cemetery in that same city. Governor Flem D. Samson and many other dignitaries attended the services.

Kentucky Post, May 12, 1921, p. 1,May 29, 1922, p. 1, July 16, 1929, p. 1, July 17, 1929, p. 1, July 18, 1929, p. 2; Pictorial and Industrial Review of Northern Kentucky, p. 10; William Elsey Connelley and E.M. Coulter, History of Kentucky (Chicago: American Historical Society 1922) pp. 128-129.

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