George Streeter

American criminal

George Wellington "Cap" Streeter (1837 – January 22, 1921) was an American businessman and criminal. He was born near the town of Flint, Michigan. From 1886 to 1921, Streeter was in many scandals such as, forged legal documents and used violence to wrest 186 acres (0.75 km2) of Lake Michigan shoreline away from its rightful owners. He then turned to conning the poor by selling them land that he did not own.[1] He was convicted of manslaughter in 1902 and was sent to prison. He died of pneumonia. A Chicago neighborhood, Streeterville is named after him.


  1. Salzmann, Joshua,Journal of Illinois History, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Autumn 2006, pg.201 Vol. 9 Number 3