George W. Fithian

George Washington Fithian (July 4, 1854 – January 21, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

George W. Fithian
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1889  March 3, 1895
Preceded bySilas Z. Landes
Succeeded byFinis E. Downing
Personal details
Born(1854-07-04)July 4, 1854
Willow Hill, Illinois
DiedJanuary 21, 1921(1921-01-21) (aged 66)
Memphis, Tennessee
Political partyDemocratic

Born near Willow Hill, Illinois to Glover Fithian (1818–1861) and Mary Ann Catt, Fithian attended the common schools. Learned the printer's trade in Mount Carmel, Illinois. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1875 and commenced practice in Newton, Illinois. He served as prosecuting attorney of Jasper County 1876-1884.

Fithian was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries (Fifty-third Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress. Railroad and warehouse commissioner of Illinois 1895-1897. He resumed the practice of law and engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising in Newton, Illinois. He was also the owner of an extensive cotton plantation near Falcon, Mississippi. He died in Memphis, Tennessee, January 21, 1921. He was interred in Riverside Cemetery, Newton, Illinois.


  • United States Congress. "George W. Fithian (id: F000162)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Silas Z. Landes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Finis E. Downing
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