GEORGE J. KOSSUTH, WHEELING
From: West Virginians
Published by The West Virginia Biographical Association, 1928
Submitted by Linda Fluharty.
George J. Kossuth, one of the country's noted portrait photographers, has been host, in his studio in Wheeling, to many of the famous figures in American life, attracted to Wheeling by Mr. Kossuth's repute as an artist and desirous of sitting as a client of his. He has made the photographs of countless notables of the stage and public life, and is recognized among his fellows in the photographer's craft as a leader and something of a genius. He is a former president of the Photographers' Association of the Middle Atlantic States, and his name is familiar to photographers throughout the United States.
In Wheeling, Mr. Kossuth is held in universal esteem and affection. Few people possess a finer personal charm, and he is known, moreover, as a singer and a leader in the various musical organizations of the city of Wheeling.
He was born in Clifton, West Virginia, April 12, 1886, son of Peter and Mary Kossuth, and attended public schools. He served an apprenticeship in his profession from 1899 to 1909, in the studio of J. E. Giffin, Wheeling, and at the end of that ten-year period established the Kossuth Studio at 1222 Market Street. In 1915, due to press of business, he was forced to have larger quarters, and moved to his present studio at 1219 Chapline Street.
Mr. Kossuth is a member of all Masonic bodies, is president of the Rotary Club of Wheeling, a life member of the Photographers' Association of America, and a member of the Blue Pencil Club of Wheeling, and takes an active part in the Little Theatre activities.