ers of the name emigrated to America about the middle of the last century.
One went to Maine, one to Pennsylvania, and one to Connecticut: from the last of these the subject of this memoir is descended.
George Brinton McClellan was born in Philadelphia, December 3, 1826.
He was the third child and second son of Dr. George McClellan, a distinguished physician, a graduate of Yale College, and the founder of Jefferson College, who died in May, 1846.
His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Brinton, is still living.
The eldest son, Dr. J. H. B. McClellan, is a physician in Philadelphia; and the youngest, Arthur, is a captain in the army, attached to the staff of General Wright.
The first school to which George was sent was kept by Mr. Sears Cook Walker, a graduate of Harvard College in 1825, and a man of distinguished scientific merit, who died in January, 1853.
He remained four years under Mr. Walker's charge, and from him was transferred to a German teacher, named Schipper