George Ainslie Edit Profile
Bachelor of Science, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia, 1890. Bachelor of Laws, University of Virginia, 1893.
For others similarly named, see the George Ainslie navigation page He was of English ancestry, all of which had been in Virginia since the 17th century. 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.
Member Kappa Alpha (Southern). Clubs: Westmoreland, Commonwealth.
Married Marie Antoinette Burthe, September 2, 1893.