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- Letter, 17 April 1852, from George M. T. Bass (1826-1908) of Petersburg, Virginia, to F. Priest Leavenworth of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, containing personal news, wishing he could live his life over again, and stating that the circus is in Petersburg
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- George Mackintosh Troupe Bass was born 20 November 1826 in Petersburg, Virginia. He became an educator and was principal of the West Ward public school in Petersburg. Considered a radical, yet successful educator, Bass instituted a night school for boys from poor families and who worked during the day. Bass served in the local militia when ordered into service to defend Petersburg during the Civil War, and was captured. After his release, he returned to Petersburg and his career in education. Bass married Eliza D. Badger in 1854 or 1857 and they had 7 children. Bass died 9 September 1908 from injuries sustained in a fall from the Virginia Passenger and Power Company bridge over the Appomattox River six days earlier. He is buried in Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.
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