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Below is a family biography included in the book,  Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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GEORGE E. LEININGER. The results of integrity and square dealing are exhibited in the business career of this gentleman who is one of the most enterprising of the younger business men of Easton. Coming to Easton in September, 1884, he has since been identified with its business interests, and is now the owner and proprietor of a furniture establishment at Nos. 102 and 104, South Third. Street, where he conducts a large and profitable trade.

Mr. Leininger is a native of Berks County, this state, and was born at Reading, August 9, 1862. His ancestors for several generations resided in Berks County, having come hither from Germany. His grandfather, George Leininger, was born in that county, and died at Reading. During the War of the Rebellion he served as a member of a body of cavalry, and aided in the defense of the Union. A Democrat in politics, he took a warm interest in public affairs, and was a progressive citizen. He was twice married, and had several children, Allison, our subject’s father, being the only child of the second union that attained years of maturity.

Allison Leininger was born in Myerstown, Pa., in 1840. Early in life he was engaged in the furniture business, which he conducted until 1886. From the above date until his death, which occurred in 1889, he was proprietor of the Central Hotel at Easton. In politics he adhered to the principles of the Democracy, and during the Civil War entered the Union army, in which he held official rank. He was twice married, his first union being with Mary Vanderslice, who bore him one child, George E. Of his second marriage two children were born.

In the public schools of Reading the subject of this sketch received a fair education. He then learned the trade of a machinist, at which he worked about five and one-half years. Afterward, in September, 1884, he came to Easton and accepted a position as bookkeeper, which he held about eighteen months. He then succeeded his father in the furniture business, which he has since conducted at Nos. 102 and 104 South Third Street. The firm name was originally Felix & Leininger, but our subject is now the sole proprietor.

Aside from his other interests, Mr. Leininger is serving as a Director in the West Ward Building and Loan Association. He is a prominent member of the Masonic fraternity, his membership being in Easton Lodge No. 152, andEaston Chapter No. 173, R. A. M.; Hugh De Payen’s Commandery No. 19, K. T; and Lulu Temple of Philadelphia. He is Secretary of the Grant Conclave, Improved Order of Heptasophs. While a resident of Reading he held membership in the Universalist Church. September 25, 1889, he married Miss May F., daughter of William Hammann, of Easton. They have one child, Anna H., now deceased.

The retail furniture business conducted by Mr. Leininger is not only the oldest in Easton, but also one of the leading establishments of the place. In addition to the general trade, he manufactures the best grades of parlor furniture, and also does repairing. Being industrious and capable, he has naturally met with success, and gained a place among the representative business men of the city.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in the book, Portrait and biographical record of Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties, Pennsylvania published in 1894 by Chapman Publishing Company. 

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