PILES, Samuel Henry, (1858 - 1940)

Senate Years of Service: 1905-1911
Party: Republican

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PILES, Samuel Henry, a Senator from Washington; born near Smithland, Livingston County, Ky., December 28, 1858; attended private schools in Smithland, Ky.; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Snohomish, Territory of Washington, in 1883; moved to Spokane, Wash., in 1886 and later in the same year to Seattle, where he engaged in the practice of law; assistant prosecuting attorney for the third judicial district of the Territory of Washington 1887-1889; city attorney of Seattle 1888-1889; general counsel of the Pacific Coast Co. 1895-1905; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1905, to March 3, 1911; was not a candidate for renomination in 1910; chairman, Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-first Congresses); resumed the practice of law in Seattle, Wash.; appointed by President Warren Harding as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Colombia 1922-1928; retired from active pursuits and moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where he died March 11, 1940; interment in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle, Wash.