George Walling (1823–91) was born in Middle-town township, Monmouth County, New Jersey. He recounted his paternal heritage as Welsh and his maternal line from Denmark. His father was a small-business owner and had exposed Walling to sea life and minor trades. Through a friend's referral, he joined the police force. Walling was the police chief of New York City from July 1874 until June 1885. Walling earned the reputation of a tough but fair and honest law officer during his years of service.

When he served as captain of the 20th ...

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