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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