George Ainslie (Virginia politician)

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George Ainslie
54th Mayor of Richmond, Virginia
In office
September 4, 1912 – 1924
Preceded by David C. Richardson
Succeeded by John Fulmer Bright
Personal details
Born George A. Ainslie
(1868-10-10)October 10, 1868
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died July 18, 1931(1931-07-18) (aged 62)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Resting place Hollywood Cemetery
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Virginia Military Institute
University of Virginia

George Ainslie (10 October 1868 – 18 July 1931) was the mayor of Richmond, Virginia, from 1912 until 1924. He was of English ancestry, all of which had been in Virginia since the 17th century.[1][2]


Ainslie received a B.S. at Virginia Military Institute in 1890 and an L.L.B. at the University of Virginia in 1893.

Mayor of Richmond[edit]

During Ainslie's administration, annexation nearly doubled Richmond's size. As a result of this expansion, Ainslie pursued an ambitious program of public improvements, including completion of a new waterworks and 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. The Richmond newspapers often featured photographs of Ainslie greeting visiting dignitaries, including Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1921) and former British prime minister David Lloyd George (1923).

Ainslie lost the April 1924 primary to his ultimate successor, John Fulmer Bright, after Bright accused Ainslie of being a big spender who had placed the city in debt by borrowing money for public improvements.

After leaving office, Ainslie worked as an insurance agent. He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.


  1. ^ Sketches of Richmond, Virginia, U. S. A.: Who's who and what's what, industrial, commercial, financial, historical, educational, biographica... page 65; Central Pub. Co., 1924
  2. ^ The Virginia magazine of history and biography, Volume 85; Virginia Historical Society., 1949 Vols. 1-28, 30-31, 33-34 include the society's Proceedings... at its annual meeting.