To Succeed Commissioner Tobin.
Mayor Hart of Boston this week nominated George H. Innis, department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, as fire commissioner, to fill the unexpired term of the late Richard F. Tobin. Under the rule of the Board of Aldermen the nomination cannot be acted upon until next week, but it is probable that it will be confirmed without opposition. Of the nominee, whose portrait we give herewith, The Boston Globe says:
“Mr. Innis was born at Marblehead, January 5, 1845. In 1860 he was a member of Company B, Eighth Massachusetts Volunteers of Marblehead. August 16, 1862, he enlisted in the Tenth Massachusetts Light Battery for three years. On August 23 he went into camp at Lynnfield, then Boxford. He left for Washington, D. C., October 14, where he arrived the 17th, and was at Camp Barry until December 26, 1862, when the battery took up the line of march to Poolsville, Md., and remained at the latter place until June 24, 1863. From there it went to Maryland Heights, then joined the Army of the Potomac, Third Army Corps, remaining with it until Grant took command of the armies. It was then transferred to the Second Corps.
In March, 1864, he was appointed guidon of the battery, and held it until mustered out, September 9, 1865, at Gallup’s Island, Boston harbor. During his term of service he was engaged in battles at Auburn, Kelley’s Ford, Mine Run, Wilderness, River Po, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Tolopotomy Creek, Cold Harbor, siege of Petersburg, Deep Bottom, Reams’ Station, Hatch’s Run, first and second, participating in the pursuit of Lee and being present at his surrender. He is at present an officer in the Suffolk County Court House.
He has been a member of Dahlgren Post, 2, of South Boston since its formation, having been through the different offices, including that of commander. There is every reason to suppose that he will be appointed by the council of administration of the Grand Army of the Republic to fill the position of senior vice-commander-in-chief, which office Mr. Tobin held at the time of his death. Precedent would give the position to a Massachusetts man, and the delegations from this State are solid in the support of Mr. Innis.”