George Cornelius Driscoll, 80, the assistant circulation director of The Washington Post in the mid-1930s and a national salesman with the King Features Syndicate since 1951, died Nov. 9 at a nursing home in Olean, N.Y. He had cancer and a heart ailment.

Mr. Driscoll was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Orphaned at the age of 10, he spent two years in an orphanage before being adopted by an aunt. He grew up in Olean, where left school in the seventh grade to begin working in the newspaper business.

By the end of the 1920s, he had worked for newspapers in Olean, Buffalo and Jamestown, N.Y. During those years, his jobs included those of delivery boy, sports writer and political pundit. He then spent about five years with the Harrisburg Patriot News in Pennsylvania before coming to The Post in 1934.

Two years later, he went to work for the Ledger syndicate in Philadelphia, selling that organization's features and syndicated columns to newspapers across the country.

He joined King Features in 1951, selling publication rights to its products to papers in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois. He eventually roved the country as the syndicate's leading salesman. He never did retire. During his years with King Features, he sold comic strips, book serializations, syndicated columns, cross-word puzzles and horoscopes.

Mr. Driscoll had been a member of the Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, and boasted a golf game that saw him shooting in the low 70s when he was in his mid-60s.

In addition to his newspaper work, Mr. Driscoll had lectured for several years at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and had taught at journalism workshops at the University of Notre Dame.

His survivors include a brother, Edward G., of Olean.