PRINCE, George Washington, (1854 - 1939)


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

PRINCE, George Washington, a Representative from Illinois; born in Tazewell County, Ill., March 4, 1854; attended the public schools; was graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, Ill., in 1878; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1880 and commenced practice in Galesburg, Knox County, Ill.; city attorney of Galesburg 1881-1883; chairman of the Republican county central committee of Knox County in 1884; member of the State house of representatives in 1888; reelected in 1890; unsuccessful candidate for attorney general of Illinois on the Republican ticket in 1892; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Philip Sidney Post; reelected to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses and served from December 2, 1895, to March 3, 1913; chairman, Committee on Ventilation and Acoustics (Fifty-sixth Congress), Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River (Fifty-ninth and Sixtieth Congresses), Committee on Claims (Sixty-first Congress); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912 to the Sixty-third Congress; moved to Los Angeles, Calif., in 1913 and continued the practice of law; retired from active business pursuits in 1917 and resided in Los Angeles, Calif., until his death in that city on September 26, 1939; interment in Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, Calif.