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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

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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.
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