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STAPLES, George M.

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The Ascension of Christ, a Tiffany window in ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH was given in member of Dr. George M. Staples by Mrs. Abby Staples and family.

STAPLES, George M. (Buxton, Maine, Apr. 26, 1827--Dubuque, IA, Sept. 7, 1895). Dr. Staples received his medical degree from Bowdoin in 1855 whle he was a teacher in the Portland High School. He and his wife moved to Dubuque in January, 1856. With the start of the CIVIL WAR, he entered the 14th Iowa Infantry as a regimental surgeons. He was involved in that capacity in the battles of Fort Donaldson and Shiloh where he was assigned the duty of medical director of W. H. Wallace's division. His capabilities proved so valuable that he was assigned the higher positions of medical director of he staff of Gen. A. J. Smith and Gen. Joseph A. Mower. After the Red River campaign, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel.

Returning to Iowa at the end of the war, he became a member of the [[GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC (G.A.R.) and served as the medical director of the department of Iowa. He regularly attended encampments of the organization to recount battles with friends.

One of the first medical practitioners in Dubuque, Dr. Staples was also one of the board of directors of SECOND NATIONAL BANK. His obituary mentioned that he had served as the physician in charge of the ILLINOIS CENTRAL RAILROAD business on its Iowa division, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul, and the Chicago, Burlington & Northern. After establishing a large surgical practice, he was regularly called in for consultation all over northern Iowa. Dr. Staples was also a fluent writer and contributed articles to many leading national medical journals. He served as president of the Dubuque Specialty Machine Company and the DUNLEITH & DUBUQUE BRIDGE CO.

A devoted member of the Methodist church, he headed the list with a subscription of $10,000 toward the construction of ST. LUKE'S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. He served as chairman of the building committee.

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"Dr. Staples Dead," Dubuque Herald, September 8, 1895, p. 4