Delegate George AINSLIE

YEARS 1838-1913
OFFICE Delegate
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 46th (1879-1881), 47th (1881-1883)

Delegate George AINSLIE Biography

AINSLIE, George, a Delegate from the Territory of Idaho; born near Boonville, Cooper County, Mo., October 30, 1838; attended the common schools, and St. Louis (Mo.) University in 1856 and 1857; was graduated from the Jesuit College at St. Louis; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1860 and commenced practice in Boonville, Mo.; moved to Colorado the same year, and in 1862 moved to that portion of the Territory of Washington that later became the Territory of Idaho; engaged in mining and also practiced law; member of the Idaho Territorial house of representatives in 1865 and 1866; edited the Idaho World from 1869 to 1873; district attorney of the second district in 1874 and 1876; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; built the first electric street railway in Boise City, Idaho; settled in Oakland, Calif., and retired from active business pursuits; died in Oakland, Calif., May 19, 1913; the remains were cremated and the ashes deposited in the columbarium, Odd Fellows Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Oklahoma Historical Society Oklahoma City, OK Papers: In the Sue L. McBeth Papers, 1859-1874, 70 items. Includes correspondence between George Ainslie and Sue L. McBeth. A finding aid is available in the repository. University of Idaho Special Collections, University of Idaho Libraries Moscow, ID Papers: 1889-1904, 7 items. Deeds for real estate in Ada County and quartz mining location notices in the Seven Devils Mining Districts, Idaho. Individuals represented include George Ainslie.


George AINSLIE Committee Assignments

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