As the American economy and Louisville's position as provider to the “old northwest” of Illinois and Missouri improved, so too did George's business pick up. His saw mill continued to expand. George scouted sources of timber hundreds of miles away, but he also engaged in Louisville real estate speculation, with over 100 transactions recorded. He and partners built homes on speculation, renting or selling the finished properties. He joins numerous boards, both commercial and cultural. The largest investment is the Louisville Hotel on Main Street. He also serves importantly on the board of the Bank of Kentucky. His cultural boards included the Kentucky Historical Society, the Harlan Museum, and the Louisville College, precursor to the University of Louisville. He built the “Englishman's palace,” the family home on Walnut Street. His intellectual interest veers towards Thomas Carlyle's Sartorism, which he studies with his Unitarian minister friend, James Freeman Clarke.
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