George Hightower was one of the many former owners of the house that would eventually become known as The Haunted Mansion. In 1877, he married a woman in California named Constance Hatchaway who was secretly a "black widow bride." Constance murdered George with a hatchet and inherited his wealth and (presumably) the Mansion, where she apparently died.
George is presumably related to Harrison Hightower III, the millionaire who built the Hotel Hightower in New York that disappeared on December 31st, 1899. Similarly, the hotel is now considered haunted, under the name of Tower of Terror.
In the rideEdit
Although George's ghost is never clearly seen in person in the ride, his image is seen twice, first on one of the Stretching Portraits as a bust, and then on his wedding picture in the Attic.
- Imagineer Rick Rothschild portrayed George Hightower in the changing wedding picture.
- If the bust seen on the Stretching Portrait is to be believed, Constance murdered George by plunging her hatchet into his forehead, rather than by beheading him as was her usual modus operandi. In spite of that, the head of his in the portrait still vanishes when Constance shows her hatchet, as if he had been regularly beheaded.