George W. Faris

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George Faris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1901
Preceded byJesse Overstreet
Succeeded byElias S. Holliday
Personal details
Born(1890-01-20)January 20, 1890
Rensselaer, Indiana, U.S.
DiedDecember 5, 1940(1940-12-05) (aged 50)
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Resting placeHighland Lawn Cemetery
Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Alma materAsbury (now DePauw) University
Indiana University

George Washington Faris (June 9, 1854 – April 17, 1914) was an American lawyer and politician who served three terms as a U.S. Representative from Indiana from 1895 to 1901.


Born near Rensselaer, Indiana, to James and Margaret,[1] Faris attended the public schools. He was graduated from Asbury University, Greencastle, Indiana, in 1877. He studied law.

He was admitted to the bar in 1877 and commenced practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. He moved to Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1880 and continued the practice of law. He was an unsuccessful Republican candidate for judge of the circuit court in 1884.[2]


Faris was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1901). He served as chairman of the Committee on Manufactures (Fifty-fifth and Fifty-sixth Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1900.

Later career and death

He resumed the practice of law in Terre Haute, Indiana, and shortly thereafter moved to Washington, D.C., and continued the practice of law until his death in that city on April 17, 1914. He was interred in Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana.

Personal life

In 1878, he married Anna Claypool, daughter of Solomon Claypool.[1]


  • United States Congress. "George W. Faris (id: F000016)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ a b Faris, George Washington in Marquis Who's Who (1901–1902 edition), via
  2. ^ Los Angeles Times, August 10, 1894

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 8th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by