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George Black was born in Montreal and educated at McGill University. He served with Colonel Wolseley at Lower Fort Garry and opened a store at Selkirk, Manitoba upon his military discharge. He was appointed assistant auditor in the Manitoba government in 1885 and auditor in 1888, serving until 1915. He was a member of the Free Masons, serving as first master of the Selkirk lodge in 1870-1871, deputy grand master for Manitoba in 1874 and grand master in 1875. He died in 1919.