Born: May 5, 1854, Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 29, 1927, Sta­ten Island, New York.

Buried: Lu­ther­an All Faiths Ce­me­te­ry, Mid­dle Vil­lage, New York.


George was the son of John Chris­tian Haas, and hus­band of An­na Ca­the­rine So­phia Han­sen.

He gra­du­at­ed from the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­van­ia (BA 1876) and Penn­syl­van­ia The­o­lo­gic­al Se­mi­na­ry (1880).

He was pas­tor at St. Mark’s Ger­man Lu­ther­an Church, Man­hat­tan, New York, 1882–1921.

On June 15, 1904, St. Mark’s char­tered the steam­boat Gen­er­al Slo­cum for its an­nu­al chur­ch pic­nic ex­cur­sion. Short­ly af­ter the ship be­gan head­ing up the East Ri­ver with 1,658 pas­sen­gers and crew, it caught fire and sank near North Bro­ther Is­land, off the Bronx.

Haas’ wife An­na and daugh­ter Ger­trude were among the ov­er 1,000 vic­tims of the di­sas­ter.

This was the dead­li­est in­ci­dent in New York un­til the ter­ror­ist at­tacks of Sep­tem­ber 11, 2001. A me­mor­i­al to the di­sas­ter stands in Tomp­kins Square Park in Man­hat­tan.



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