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Priscilla Myers Benham
Wiley George Article
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GEORGE, WILEY RANSOM (1911–1983). Wiley R. George, marine shipping and transportation executive, was born in Lawton, Oklahoma, on November 27, 1911, the oldest of three children of John Grove and Lottie (Gray) George. In 1925 the family moved to Houston, Texas. George earned his B.B.A. from Rice Institute in 1933 and his LL.B. from East Texas College of Law in 1939. He married Edith Lorine Allen on June 28, 1939, in Tyler; they had three daughters.

After working for Pure Oil in Nederland, George returned to Houston in 1941 to become assistant manager of materials at the Todd Houston Shipbuilding Corporation. After World War II he joined the B. M. Bloomfield Steamship Company of Houston and became president in 1963. He also served as vice president of States Marine-Isthmian Agency Steamship Company. From 1968 to his retirement in 1979, he was president of West Gulf Maritime Association, composed of fifty-five shipping agencies. His law background was especially useful when the WGMA was involved in lawsuits and in negotiations with pilots, longshoremen, and stevedores. From 1955 to 1983 he was management trustee of the Maritime Association-International Longshoremen's Association Pension, Welfare and Vacation Fund. He was the first person to receive an honorary membership in the National Association of Stevedores. He was a director of the Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade (1961–63), the World Trade Association of Houston (1962–64), and the Houston Chamber of Commerce (1963–65) and a member of the Baylor University Development Council (1972–79). In appreciation for his contributions to the port of Houston, the director of customs of the United States Treasury Department awarded him a Certificate of Appreciation (1971) and the Commissioner's Citation (1974). The National Maritime Safety Association named him Man of the Year in 1980.

In addition to his career in maritime and labor relations, he was a member and deacon of the South Main Baptist Church for thirty-nine years and a director of the Houston International Seamen's Center (1974–83). George died on October 13, 1983, and was buried at Forest Park-Westheimer Cemetery in Houston.


Houston Chronicle, October 14, 1983. "A Pipeline to the Sea," Port of Houston Magazine, February 1960. Who Houston (Houston: Who Houston, Inc., 1980). Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Vol. 10.

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Handbook of Texas Online, Priscilla Myers Benham, "GEORGE, WILEY RANSOM," accessed July 19, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on February 21, 2017. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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