GEORGE E. PEXTON.
Among the rapidly developing business interests of Evanston is that conducted under the name of the Bear River & Scofield Coal Company, of which George E. Pexton is the president. He was born in Vernon, New York, September 23, 1863, and is a son of George Pexton, a native of England, who came to America in 1850 and settled at Vernon. where he has followed the occupation of farming quite successfully. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party and George Pexton, Sr., has ever taken an active interest in its work, supporting all those measures which he deems of value in advancing the growth and promoting the prosperity of his community. He has held to high civic standards and maintains his interest in community affairs, although he has reached the advanced age of eighty-nine years. He still resides upon the old home place at Vernon, his birth having occurred in May. 1829. He married Catherine Rivenburgh, a native of the state of New York, born near Troy, and descended from Dutch ancestry that was originally established in the Mohawk valley. Mrs. Pexton passed away in 1894, at the age of sixty-five years. In their family were three children: Lorenz R., who is residing in Vernon. New York; George E., of this review: and Sidney A., who makes his home in Chicago.
George E. Pexton, spending his boyhood and youth in his native city, acquired his education in the public schools, passing through consecutive grades to the high school. He started out independently when twenty-four years of age. His youth had been passed upon the home farm and he early became familiar with the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. In 1887 he sought the opportunities offered in the great and growing west, making his way to Evanston, Wyoming, where he became engaged in mercantile lines. He carried on business in that way until 1893 and was also connected with the hotel business in Evanston and in Ogden, Utah. He became largely interested in the meantime in coal mining and is now president of the Bear River & Scofield Coal Company, which is operating extensively in this section of the country, having valuable mining properties. He is also a director of the First National Bank and is the owner of the Z Bar ranch, located in Uinta county. His business investments have been most judiciously made and his sound judgment and enterprise have constituted the broad basis upon which he has built the superstructure of his substantial success.
In 1895, in Evanston, Mr. Pexton was united in marriage to Miss Annie S. Saunders, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah. They have two sons, George Ellsworth and Sidney Vernon.
Politically Mr. Pexton is an earnest republican, giving stalwart support to the party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and doing everything in his power to advance its success. He is recognized as one of the leading and influential residents of his part of the state and in fact is prominently known throughout Wyoming. He was made vice president of the state commission to the St. Louis and to the Portland expositions and since 1902 he has been Wyoming's representative on the republican national committee. Fraternally he is a Knight Templar Mason and is also connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His religious faith is that of the Episcopal church and he is serving as one of its trustees. In a word, his interests are broad and in every connection of life he has borne himself with such signal dignity and honor as to gain him the respect of all with whom he has been associated. He has been and is distinctively a man of affairs and one who has wielded a wide influence. A strong mentality, an invincible courage, a most determined individuality have so entered into his make-up as to render him a natural leader of men and a director of opinion.