PILE, William Anderson, (1829 - 1889)

Image courtesy of Library of Congress

PILE, William Anderson, a Representative from Missouri; born near Indianapolis, Ind., February 11, 1829; completed preparatory studies; studied theology and became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of the Missouri conference; during the Civil War entered the Union Army; commissioned chaplain of the First Regiment, Missouri Light Artillery, June 12, 1861; lieutenant colonel of the Thirty-third Regiment, Missouri Infantry, September 5, 1862; colonel December 23, 1862; brigadier general of Volunteers December 26, 1863; brevetted major general April 9, 1865; elected as a Republican to the Fortieth Congress (March 4, 1867-March 3, 1869); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Fortieth Congress); unsuccessful for reelection in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; Governor of New Mexico in 1869 and 1870; Minister Resident to Venezuela from 1871 to 1874, when he resigned; died in Monrovia, Calif., July 7, 1889; interment in Live Oak Cemetery.