AINEY, William David Blakeslee, (1864 - 1932)


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AINEY, William David Blakeslee, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in New Milford, Pa., April 8, 1864; attended the public schools, the State Normal School at Mansfield, and Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in 1887; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Montrose, Pa.; district attorney for Susquehanna County 1890-1896; organized Company G of the Pennsylvania National Guard and served as captain 1889-1894; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of George W. Kipp; reelected to the Sixty-third Congress and served from November 7, 1911, to March 3, 1915; was not a candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; delegate to the International Parliamentary Union for International Peace held at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1912, and at The Hague in 1913; secretary and president of the Japanese-American group of interparliamentarians and delegate in 1914 to Tokyo, Japan, and to Stockholm, Sweden; resumed the practice of law in Montrose, Pa.; appointed a member of the Public Service Commission of Pennsylvania May 20, 1915, and on August 20, 1915, was elected chairman; reappointed for a ten-year term as member and chairman on July 1, 1917, and again on July 1, 1927; appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania Fuel Commission in August 1922; president of the National Association of Railroad and Utilities Commissioners in 1924; died in Harrisburg, Pa., September 4, 1932; interment in Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Pa.