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George Washington Glover
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George Washington Glover (1844-1915) was Mary Baker Eddy's only biological child. He was born at the Baker family home in Sanbornton Bridge, New Hampshire, on September 12, 1844, about two months after the death of his father, George W. Glover (1811-1844). Mark Baker, his grandfather, was his legal guardian because his mother, as a woman, could not serve in this role. A challenging child, in 1851 Mark Baker sent him to nearby North Groton, New Hampshire, to live with Russell and Mahala Cheney; in 1856, the Cheneys removed to Minnesota, taking George with them. This was the beginning of a difficult and distant relationship between Mary Baker Eddy and her son, which was compounded by the fact that he was uneducated and never learned to read or write. Eddy did not hear from her son until 1861 and would not see him again until 1879, by which time he was living in Deadwood, South Dakota (then called Dakota Territory). He was a Civil War veteran, serving in Company I of the Wisconsin 8th Regiment. He married Harriet Ellen Bessant (1858-1947) on April 15, 1874, and their children were: Edward Gershom Glover (1875-1962), Mary Baker Glover (1877-1968), Evelyn Tilton Glover (1880-1903), George Washington Glover III (1889-1980) and Andrew Jackson Glover (1891-1940). George would spend the rest of his life in the Black Hills of South Dakota, prospecting and mining.