George Washington Leberman

Among the prominent and popular citizens of Sheboygan is George Washington Leberman, who has held many positions of public trust and honor, who for many years was local representative of the Postal Telegraph Company and who since 1897 has been deputy, also collector of customs for the port of Sheboygan. He was born in this city, where he has so long been prominent, February 22, 1867, the son of Adolph and Hedwig (Von Kurz) Leberman, the latter a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Von Kurz, who were natives of Bavaria, Germany, and Austria, respectively. The mother is said to have been the first child actress to appear on the stage in Chicago.

George W. Leberman was educated in the public schools of his native city and in 1879 secured a position in the local office of the North Western Telegraph Company, the office being in the same building in which he is now located. Later on, the business was taken over by the Western Union Company, and our subject was the manager of this company until the Postal Telegraph Company came to Sheboygan in about 1887, when George W. Leberman was made the manager of the same and remains so up to the present time. Mr. Leberman has been connected with the telegraph business continuously for nearly thirty-four years. In 1897 he also received the appointment to the office of deputy collector of customs for the port of Sheboygan, a position which he has since held.

On March 1, 1891, Mr. Leberman was united in marriage to Miss Emma Schaub, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schaub, and to this union were born two children, Frank Adolph and Georgiana Edith, both of whom are at home. The political allegiance of Mr. Leberman is given to the republican party and he has been active in local, state and national political affairs. For three terms he served on the board of supervisors and has represented the second ward as alderman in the city council. While a member of the board of supervisors he held several important positions, having been chairman of the committee on public property and trustee of the county jail and workhouse, besides serving on other important committees. He is prominent in fraternal circles, being a member, of the Elks, the Eagles, the Royal Arcanum, the National Union, and the Foresters of Canada.

In the prime of life and in the midst of important public duties Mr. Leberman has filled with distinction to himself and satisfaction to the government and municipality the work which has fallen to his lot. He is possessed of much more than average ability and his executive powers are equalled only by his ability to cope with detail and successf ully perform the commissions entrusted to him. Always an active, progressive and enthusiastic citizen, he commands the respect and esteem of a 'large number of acquaintances throughout the community and in all circles he is regarded as one of the more prominent and valuable business men of the city.


Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL