William Milnes, Jr.

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William Milnes, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
January 27, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Preceded by Shelton Leake (1861)
Succeeded by John T. Harris
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born (1827-12-08)December 8, 1827
Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died August 14, 1889(1889-08-14) (aged 61)
Shenandoah, Virginia
Political party Conservative
Profession Politician, Industrialist

William Milnes, Jr. (December 8, 1827 – August 14, 1889) was a nineteenth-century congressman and industrialist from Virginia and Pennsylvania.


Born in Yorkshire, England, Milnes immigrated to the United States with his family in 1829, settling in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He attended public schools as a child, going on to learning trade in machinery. He engaged in mining and coal shipping before moving to Shenandoah, Virginia in 1865 and engaged in the iron business. Milnes was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1870 and 1871 and was elected a Conservative to the United States House of Representatives in 1869, serving from 1870 to 1871. Afterwards, he resumed in engaging in the iron business until his death in Shenandoah, Virginia on August 14, 1889. He was interred in the family plot in the Methodist Church Cemetery, Shenandoah, Virginia.

Election of 1869[edit]

Milnes was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Shelton Leake(1)
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

January 27, 1870 – March 3, 1871
Succeeded by
John T. Harris
Notes and references
1. Because of Virginia's secession, the House seat was vacant for almost nine years before Milnes succeeded Leake.