Samuel H. Piles

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Samuel Henry Piles
Seattle politician Samuel H. Piles, circa 1910.jpg
United States Senator
from Washington
In office
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Preceded by Addison G. Foster
Succeeded by Miles Poindexter
United States Ambassador to Colombia
In office
Preceded by Hoffman Philip
Succeeded by Jefferson Caffery
Personal details
Born (1858-12-28)December 28, 1858
Smithland, Kentucky
Died March 11, 1940(1940-03-11) (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney

Samuel Henry Piles (December 28, 1858 – March 11, 1940) was a United States Senator from Washington.


Piles was born near Smithland, Kentucky, the son of Samuel Henry Piles (d. 1904) and Gabriella Lillard.[1] The senior Piles was sheriff of Livingston County, and later practiced law.[2] The younger Piles attended private schools in Kentucky, and studied law.[1] Piles was admitted to the bar in 1883, and commenced practice in Snohomish, Territory of Washington.[1]

He moved to Spokane in 1886 and later in the same year to Seattle, where he engaged in the practice of law.[1] He was assistant prosecuting attorney for the third judicial district of the Territory of Washington from 1887 to 1889 and was city attorney of Seattle from 1888 to 1889.[1] He was also general counsel of the Pacific Coast Company from 1895 to 1905.[1]

In January 1905, Piles was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate.[3] He served one term, March 4, 1905 to March 3, 1911.[4] He was not a candidate for renomination in 1910.[4] While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Coast and Insular Survey (Fifty-ninth through Sixty-first Congresses).[5] After leaving the Senate, he resumed the practice of law in Seattle.[6]

In 1922, Piles was appointed by President Warren Harding as Minister to Colombia, an office he held until 1928.[6][7]

He retired from active pursuits and moved to Los Angeles, California, where he died in 1940; interment was in Lakeview Cemetery, Seattle.[8][9]


In 1891, Piles married Mary E. Barnard of Henderson, Kentucky.[1] They were the parents of three children: Ross Barnard, Ruth Lillard, and Samuel Henry.[1]






  • Connolly, C. P. (August 22, 1908). "Ankeney of Washington". Collier's: The national Weekly. New York, NY: P. F. Collier & Son. p. 16. 

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Addison G. Foster
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Washington
March 4, 1905 – March 3, 1911
Served alongside: Levi Ankeny, Wesley L. Jones
Succeeded by
Miles Poindexter
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hoffman Philip
United States Minister to Colombia
29 May 1922 – 17 September 1928
Succeeded by
Jefferson Caffery