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George Pomutz was born in the Habsburg Empire in a county of Bichis (Bekes in hungarian) at Gyula - a town with a strong Romanian ethnic population.
After the 1848 revolution in which pomutz took an active part he migrated to America.
At the beginning of the American Civil War, Pomutz enrolled in the Unionist Army as lieutenant of the 15th Infantry regiment of Iowa,. He was wounded sat the Battle of Shiloh. In May 1864 Pomutz was appointed Provost Marshal of the 17th regiment. In August 1864, he returned to the 15th regiment, which he commanded in the Battle of Atlanta. He was promoted to Major General on March 13, 1865.
After the end of the Civil War, Pomutz returned to Keokuk. On February 16, 1866, he was appointed Consul of the United States in Saint Petersburg, Imperial Russia, serving in that capacity till September 30, 1870. During that period, he was involved in the negotiations for the Alaska Purchase. Later he became the American Consul general in Saint Petersburg, serving from June 17, 1874 until his death there, in 1882. He was buried in Smolensk.
The Liberty ship SS George Pomutz was named after him. Launched August 3, 1944, the ship served till 1970.
On August 14, 2004, a statue of Pomutz was unveiled at the Falling Asleep of the Ever-Virgin Mary Cathedral in Cleveland, Ohio
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