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Lucien Lester AINSWORTH

(1831-1902)

AINSWORTH, Lucien Lester, a Representative from Iowa; born in New Woodstock, Madison County, N.Y., June 21, 1831; attended the public schools, and the Oneida Conference Seminary, Cazenovia, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Madison County, N.Y., in 1854; moved to Belvidere, Ill., and commenced practice the same year; moved to Iowa in 1855 and continued the practice of law in West Union; member of the State senate 1860-1862; during the Civil War entered the Union Army in 1862 as captain of Company C, Sixth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Cavalry, and served three years against the Indians in the Northwest; after leaving the Army returned to West Union and resumed the practice of law; member of the State house of representatives 1871-1873; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877); declined to accept a renomination in 1876; resumed the practice of law in West Union, Fayette County, Iowa, and died there April 19, 1902; interment in West Union Cemetery.

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

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