Isidor Rayner

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Isidor Rayner
Isidor Rayner standing photograph portrait.jpg
United States Senator
from Maryland
In office
March 4, 1905 – November 25, 1912
Preceded by Louis E. McComas
Succeeded by William P. Jackson
Personal details
Born (1850-04-11)April 11, 1850
Baltimore, Maryland
Died November 25, 1912(1912-11-25) (aged 62)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic
Religion Jewish

Isidor Rayner (April 11, 1850 – November 25, 1912) was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1905 to 1912. He also represented the Fourth Congressional District of Maryland from 1887 to 1889, and 1891 to 1895.

Rayner was born into a Jewish-German family [1] in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended local private schools. He later attended the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the University of Virginia. He began to study law and was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1871.

Rayner was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates and served from 1878 to 1884. In 1885, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate, serving one year until 1886.

Rayner was elected the same year to the 50th United States Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the 51st Congress, but was victorious in the next two elections to the 52nd and 53rd Congresses. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1894.

Several years later in 1899, Rayner was chosen to be the Attorney General of Maryland, serving until 1903. He was elected as a Democrat in 1905 to the U.S. Senate, and was reelected again in 1911. While senator, he served as chairman of the Committee on Indian Depredations (Sixty-second Congress).

In 1912, Rayner died in Washington, D.C., while serving as senator. He is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Van Lear Findlay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th congressional district

1887–1889
Succeeded by
Henry Stockbridge, Jr.
Preceded by
Henry Stockbridge, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 4th congressional district

1891–1895
Succeeded by
John Kissig Cowen
Legal offices
Preceded by
George Riggs Gaither, Jr.
Attorney General of Maryland
1899–1903
Succeeded by
William Shepard Bryan, Jr.
United States Senate
Preceded by
Louis E. McComas
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maryland
1905–1912
Served alongside: Arthur Pue Gorman, William Pinkney Whyte, John Walter Smith
Succeeded by
William P. Jackson