George N. Meissner Papers
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Biographical / Historical Note

George N. Meissner was born May 28, 1872, in Bunker Hill, Il. He moved to St. Louis in 1890, serving as secretary of the McKinney Baking Company from 1893 until its sale in 1911 to the General Baking Company of New York City. He continued as a director of General Baking Company until his retirement in 1928. In retirement he pursued his civic and collecting interests, assembling, primarily during the 1930's and 1940's, the collection of approximately 2500 printed items and 350 manuscript items given by his family to found the George N. Meissner Memorial Rare Book Department at Washington University. Mr. Meissner died in 1960 at the age of 87.