George Carr Round
George Carr Round, a Union Army Signal Corps veteran and lawyer from New York, perhaps more than any other single person, helped create the town of Manassas. In 1868, after the Civil War, Round decided to seek his fortune in Virginia and settled in Manassas. He quickly became a strong advocate of education and was appointed the town's first superintendent of public schools. He also served as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, as a charter member of the Manassas Town Council, and as town clerk. Round organized the 1911 National Jubilee of Peace and was an advocate of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. By his death in 1918, Round had become one of the town's most beloved citizens, known for his encouragement of newcomers. The thriving modern community of Manassas is a living legacy to this gifted man.