George Stevens (1803–1894)

George Stevens (April 22, 1803 – August 15, 1894) was an American manufacturer and politician who served as the third Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts.[1]

George Stevens
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
In office
April 1851  April 1853
Preceded bySidney Willard
Succeeded byJames D. Green
Personal details
BornApril 22, 1803[1]
Norway, Maine,[1] USA
DiedAugust 15, 1894(1894-08-15) (aged 91)[2][3]
East Cambridge, Massachusetts,[2] USA
Resting placeMount Auburn Cemetery[3]
OccupationPipe organ manufacturer[4]

Stevens was born to Nathaniel and Rebecca (Cobb) Stevens[2] in Norway, Maine, on April 22, 1803.[1]

Stevens and his brother William worked as apprentices for pipe organ manufacturer William Goodrich.[4] Stevens took over Goodrich's firm[4] and for two years starting in 1833,[5] Stevens was a proprietor with William Gayetty of Stevens & Gayetty in East Cambridge, Massachusetts,[4] however for most of his career, Stevens worked on his own. Stevens built over eight hundred pipe organs, he supplied many small churches with one- and two-manual organs.[5]

Political offices
Preceded by
Sidney Willard
Mayor of Cambridge, Massachusetts
April 1851 – April 1853
Succeeded by
James D. Green


  1. Gilman, Arthur (1896), The Cambridge of Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-Six: A Picture of the City and its Industries Fifty Years After Its Incorporation, Verona, VA: McClure Printing Co., p. 63. ASIN: B000NRCE04
  2. Owen, Barbara (1979), The Organ in New England: An Account of Its Use and manufacture to the End of the Nineteenth Century, Camp Hill, PA: Sunbury Press, p. 413. ASIN: B000JC0C02
  3. Fall, Ralph Emmett (1982), Hidden village, Port Royal, Virginia, 1744-1981, Cambridge, MA: The Riverside Press, p. 258.
  4. Bush, Douglas (2006), The Organ: An Encyclopedia, New York, NY: Rutledge, p. 586., ISBN 0-415-94174-1
  5. Bush, Douglas (2006), The Organ: An Encyclopedia, New York, NY: Rutledge, p. 587., ISBN 0-415-94174-1

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