George W. Ray

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George Washington Ray (born February 3, 1844 in Otselic , New York , † January 10, 1925 in Norwich , New York) was an American lawyer and politician . Between 1883 and 1885 and between 1890 and 1902 he represented New York State in the US House of Representatives .


George Washington Ray was born in Chenango County about two years before the outbreak of the Mexican-American War . He attended community schools and the Norwich Academy . During the Civil War he served as a private in Company B of the 19th New York Volunteers and as a clerk in the 1st  Brigade of the 1st  Division in the 19th Army Corps . After the end of the war he took his leave. He studied law . He began practicing after receiving his license to practice law in November 1867. Politically, he belonged to the Republican Party . He chaired the Republican County Committee of Chenango County and was a member of the Republican State Committee in 1880 .

In the 1882 congressional elections for the 48th Congress , Ray was elected to the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC in the 21st  constituency of New York , where he succeeded Ferris Jacobs Jr. on March 4, 1883 . He retired from the after March 3, 1885 Congress of.

After his time in Congress, he sat on the education committee of the Norwich Academy and Union Free School .

In 1890 he ran in the 26th constituency of New York for the 51st Congress . After a successful election, he succeeded Milton De Lano on March 4, 1891 . He was re-elected five times in a row. On September 11, 1902, he resigned from his seat in Congress and accepted the appointment of federal judge for the northern district of New York. During his time in Congress, he chaired the Committee on Levees and Improvements of the Mississippi River ( 54th Congress ), the Committee on Invalid Pensions ( 55th Congress ), and the Committee on the Judiciary ( 56th ) and ( 57th Congress ) .

Ray held the post of judge until his death. He died on January 10, 1925 in Norwich and was then buried in Mount Hope Cemetery .

Web links

  • George W. Ray in the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress (English)