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Our History: Featured Alumni: Ainslie, George, 1893

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George Ainslie

Mayor of Richmond, Virginia

George Ainslie was born in October 1868. He received a B.S. at Virginia Military Institute in 1890 and an L.L.B. at the University of Virginia in 1893. Ainslie was the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, from 1912 until 1924. During his administration, the city annexed surrounding lands to nearly double in size. Ainslie then pursued an ambitious program of public improvements, including completion of a new waterworks and the creation of a fully motorized fire department. He also advocated amendments to the Richmond city charter that in 1919 strengthened the power of the mayor's office. Ainslie lost the April 1924 primary to his eventual successor as mayor, John Fulmer Bright. After leaving office, Ainslie worked as an insurance agent. He died in 1931 and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.