George Bassett, a confectioner, was an influential figure in Sheffield. He co-founded with William Lodge the confectionary firm Bassett and Lodge.
The company was renowned for its Liquorice Allsorts. These sweet confections featured liquorice, sugar, coconut, aniseed jelly and fruit flavorings.
Early Life and Education
George Bassett was born into a prominent Quaker family in Mannington Township, New Jersey and developed an aptitude for painting as well as other interests such as music, dance, history and gardening.
In 1871 Wilbur Bassett and Adelia moved from the east to a homestead near Spokane Falls, living in Scranton’s 12 x 24 foot cabin on the river. Here they had their daughter Minnie Maria in 1872.
Wilbur and Adelia worked on their homestead until they could afford to live in town. In 1885, they constructed two houses near today’s 5th & Pine streets in Spokane.
George Bassett has had an illustrious professional career. He is the former manager of Crystal Palace, Watford and Leicester City as well as having played for them both.
He began his career as a photographer, specializing in society portraits and theatrical work. His images were renowned for their use of natural light.
In his free time, he enjoyed watching cricket matches. Additionally, he served on the board of directors at All Saints College, Bathurst.
At age 50, he retired from the Coast Guard and began a second career at Boat Basin in Woods Hole, Nantucket. Through his efforts, this 240-slip marina has become one of the country’s most desirable marinas for sailors and yachtsmen; its environmental standards have earned it three consecutive accolades from Marinalife magazine.
Achievements and Honors
George Bassett achieved great success in the photography industry. He served as vice-president of the Photographers Association of America and championed studio workers’ rights.
He also established the Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center at the University of Kentucky, which is the sole scientific institute in America dedicated solely to researching equine health and disease.
His achievements have earned him numerous honors and awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, American Society of Civil Engineers, and American Water Works Association.
He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Congressional Gold Medal, American Legion’s Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Award and World War II Victory Medal. Additionally he received Connecticut’s Governor’s Gold Medal, “Latino Citizen of the Year” award as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from Latino/Puerto Rican Affairs Commission.
George Bassett has a variety of interests, such as sailing. He loves spending time with his wife and close friends.
He has a passion for charity work and donates a slip annually to Sail to Prevail, a nonprofit organization that provides disabled children with sailing trips.
Aside from these activities, he is an accomplished amateur painter with his own studio in Nantucket.
He is a retired Coast Guard officer who spent most of his life on Nantucket. Upon retiring from service after 26 years of dedicated service to his country, he left behind an impressive legacy.
George Bassett, the founder of Bassett’s Confectionery Company and Mayor of Sheffield from 1876 until 1877, hosted US President Ulysses S Grant at his home during that year.
His net worth remains unknown, however it’s believed he owns an extensive property portfolio. He owns numerous land parcels throughout New Mexico and other states.
He has invested in numerous start-ups. Among these ventures are Uber, Rent-to-Own startup Landis Technologies and wellness device manufacturer Therabody.