GEORGE B. CORKHILL, lawyer, soldier and editor, was born in Harrison County, Ohio, 1838. In 1847 the family removed to Iowa, locating at Mount Pleasant.He graduated from theWesleyan University at Mount Pleasant, afterwards taking the law course at Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar at Mount Pleasant and began practice; but in 1862 entered the Union army, having been appointed by President Lincoln Commissary of Subsistence and assigned to the Army of the Potomac, where he served until the close of the war, having been promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
After leaving the army he became a law partner of A.H. Bereman at St. Louis for a time but returned to Mt. Pleasant and in 1869 was appointed District Attorney of the First District.He was later appointed clerk of the United States District Court for Iowa. Mr. Corkhill was for some time private secretary to Senator Harlan and was special agent of the Department of the Interior under him.He was editor-in-chief of the Washington Chronicle for some time.
In 1880 he was appointed by President Hayes United States District Attorney for the District of Columbia and acquired national fame in conducting the prosecution ofGuiteau, the assassin of President Garfield. He also prosecuted the suits against the famous "Star Route" officials. Colonel Corkhill was a life-long Republican.His first wife was Olive B. Miller, the eldest daughter of Judge Samuel F. Miller, Iowa member of the United States Supreme Court.Colonel Corkhill died at Mount Pleasant July 6, 1886 from disability contracted during the war.