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George AINSLIE

(1838-1913)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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