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George Hightower is one of the former owners of the Haunted Mansion and the fifth husband turned victim of Constance Hatchaway.

Biography

In 1877, George Hightower met up with Constance Hatchaway in Pleasant Lake, California. George proposed to and married Constance, unaware that she was a notorious "black widow bride". Some time after the wedding, Constance brutally murdered George with a hatchet and inherited his fortune and (presumably) the Mansion, where she apparently met her end.

Appearances

The Haunted Mansion

Though George Hightower doesn't physically appear in the ride itself, he makes two appearances: first as a bust on one of the stretching portraits, and then again in his wedding photo in the mansion's attic.

The Ghost Gallery

The Ghost Gallery was a series of character biographies created by Disney World cast-members during the 1980s in an effort to give the ride more backstory. In this backstory, George is reimagined as being George Gracey Sr. who was an incredibly successful businessman during the late 19th century. This George was the one who originally purchased the Haunted Mansion for his family to live in, namely his wife Mary Gracey (Constance Hatchaway) and his son George Gracey Jr. (composite of Ghost Host and Master Gracey). Due to his business, George spent little time with his family and most of his time out at work, eventually having an affair behind his wife's back with a woman named Ms. Patterson and together they had a child named Daniel Patterson. After learning of the affair, Mary murdered George by burying a hatchet into his skull and fleeing the country after having been acquitted from her crime.

Trivia

  • George Hightower was portrayed in the wedding photo by Imagineer Rick Rothschild.
  • George is possibly related to Harrison Hightower III, the millionaire who built the Hotel Hightower and mysteriously vanished on December 31, 1899. Similarly, the hotel is now considered haunted, under the name of Tower of Terror.

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Disney Parks
The Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)The Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland)Phantom ManorMystic ManorHaunted Mansion HolidayMemento Mori
Media
Films: The Haunted Mansion (2003 film)The Haunted Mansion (live-action film remake)The Haunted Mansion (Animated Special)

Books: Tales from the Haunted MansionHaunted Mansion (comic book)Disney Kingdoms: The Haunted MansionKingdom Keepers
Video games: The Haunted Mansion (video game)Walt Disney World ExplorerKinect: Disneyland AdventuresDisney INFINITY: 2.0 EditionDisney Crossy RoadDisney Emoji BlitzThe Haunted Mansion: The Black Widow Bride

Characters
Ghost HostMadame LeotaCaretakerMaster GraceyHatbox GhostHitchhiking GhostsThe Singing BustsGeorge HightowerConstance HatchawayRavenCaptain Gore

Phantom Manor: Melanie RavenswoodHenry RavenswoodMartha Ravenswood
Mystic Manor: Henry MysticAlbertThe Monkey King Statue
Characters from Spinoffs: Elizabeth HenshawRamsleyEmmaEzraJim EversSara EversMegan EversMichael EversZombiesZeke Holloway • Friendly Ghosts • Atticus ThornDanny Crowe

Miscellaneous
Grim Grinning Ghosts • Gracey Manor • Tarot CardsIocane PowderBeacon of Souls • Bravery Tonic • Soul Gems • Seaman Ring • Brotherhood of the Soul • Order of Shadows
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