GAINES, Joseph Holt, (1864 - 1951)


"Around the Capital" (detail), engraving, Thomas Fleming, 1902, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

GAINES, Joseph Holt, a Representative from West Virginia; born in Washington, D.C., September 3, 1864; moved with his parents to Fayette County, W.Va., in 1867; attended the University of West Virginia at Morgantown and was graduated from Princeton College in 1886; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Fayetteville, W.Va.; appointed United States district attorney for West Virginia by President McKinley in 1897; resigned in 1901; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-seventh and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1901-March 3, 1911); chairman, Committee on Election of President, Vice President, and Representatives (Fifty-eighth through Sixty-first Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910; resumed the practice of law in Charleston, W.Va.; died in Montgomery, W.Va., April 12, 1951; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery, Charleston, W.Va.