Nebraska Authors

George W. Barrington

AKA: George Whitfield

Born 1876 Otoe County, NE (USA)

Died 1955

George W. Barrington was an adventurer and early writer of pulp western fiction. He left Nebraska to prospect for gold in the Klondike gold rush. He became a merchant seaman and participated in the Spanish American War in the Philippines. He was a member of the International Expedition in Peking, China during the Boxer Rebellion. He returned to the United States and among other odd jobs, worked for a time as a newspaper reporter in Omaha, Nebraska. He campaigned with Theodore Roosevelt and worked as a political publicist for the Republican Party. He finally settled in Texas where, in the 1920s, he took up writing. He is estimated to have written over 500 stories that appeared in various adventure and western magazines, as well as several novels. The Dallas Public Library has a George W. Barrington collection.

Barrington belonged to that generation of Nebraska born writers of westerns who actually saw something of the old west in its last years, including Eugene Manlove Rhodes and George Shedd. Other prolific Nebraska writers of the western include Wayne C. Lee and Edwin Booth.

Places Lived

Otoe County, NE
Omaha, NE
Seattle, WA
Oak Cliff, TX

Author Of

  • Fiction
  • Journalism


Western Fiction; Journalist;


Gold Prospector
Publicity Staff for Theodore Roosevelt's 1904 presidential campaign


Outlaws of Badger Hollow. 1928.
Bandits of Bald Hill. 1929.
Red of the Circle G. 1929.
Blandy of the Double Star. 1931.
Back From Gollad. 1935.

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