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Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (December 10, 1864 – June 3, 1945) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.[1] He was the United States Assistant Secretary of War from 1921 to 1923.[2]

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright
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United States Assistant Secretary of War
In office
March 14, 1921 – March 4, 1923
Appointed byWarren G. Harding
Preceded byWilliam Reid Williams
Succeeded byDwight Filley Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1931
Preceded byJames W. Husted
Succeeded byCharles D. Millard
Member of the New York Senate
from the 24th district
In office
January 1, 1909 – December 31, 1912
Preceded byJohn C. R. Taylor
Succeeded byJohn F. Healy
Member of the
New York State Assembly
In office
January 1, 1902 – December 31, 1908
Preceded byAlford W. Cooley
Succeeded byGeorge W. Mead
Constituency2nd Westchester (1902–06)
4th Westchester (1907–08)
Personal details
Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright

(1864-12-10)December 10, 1864
Manhattan, New York City
DiedJune 3, 1945(1945-06-03) (aged 80)
Rye, New York
Political partyRepublican Party
Laura Wallace Buchanan
(m. 1892; his death 1945)
ParentsJohn Howard Wainwright
Margaret Livingston Stuyvesant
EducationColumbia College
Columbia Law School


Early lifeEdit

Wainwright was born on December 10, 1864 in Manhattan, New York City to John Howard Wainwright (1862–1911) and Margaret Livingston Stuyvesant (1839–1928).[2]

U.S. Army General Jonathan M. Wainwright was his cousin.[2][3]

Wainwright graduated from Columbia College; from Columbia School of Political Science in 1884, and from Columbia Law School in 1886.[1]


In 1886, he was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in New York City and in Westchester County. He served in the Twelfth Infantry of the New York National Guard (1889–1903), and in the Spanish–American War as captain of the Twelfth Regiment of New York Volunteers.[2]

Wainwright was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906 (all five Westchester Co., 2nd D.), 1907 and 1908 (both Westchester Co., 4th D.).[2][1]

He was a member of the New York State Senate (24th D.) from 1909 to 1912, sitting in the 132nd, 133rd, 134th and 135th New York State Legislatures.[2][1]

He was appointed as a member of the first New York State Workmen's Compensation Commission in 1914 and served until 1915. He served as lieutenant colonel, inspector general's department, New York National Guard, on the Mexican border in 1916. During the First World War, Wainwright served as a lieutenant colonel in the Twenty-seventh Division from 1917 to 1919.[2][1]

He was appointed by President Warren G. Harding to serve as Assistant Secretary of War from March 14, 1921, to March 4, 1923, when he resigned.[2][1]

Wainwright was elected as a Republican to the 68th, 69th, 70th and 71st United States Congresses, holding office from March 4, 1923, to March 3, 1931. He resumed the practice of law and served as a member of the Westchester County Park Commission from 1930 to 1937.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

He married Laura Wallace Buchanan (1865–1946) on November 23, 1892 in New York.[2] Together, they were the parents of:[4][5]

  • Fonrose Wainwright (1893–1983), who married Phillip King Condict (1880–1949).[6][7]

He died on June 3, 1945, in Rye, New York.[2] He was buried at the Greenwood Union Cemetery there.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "WAINWRIGHT, Jonathan Mayhew - Biographical Information". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "J. M. Wainwright Dies In Rye At 80. Former Assistant Secretary of War, Ex-Representative, Was a Cousin of General Advocate of Preparedness Exponent of Dry Law Began Political Career in 1902. Served on Mexican Border". New York Times. June 4, 1945.
  3. ^ "Deaths: J. Mayhew Wainwright". The Living Church. Milwaukee, WI: Morehouse-Gorham Co.: 22. June 17, 1945.
  4. ^ Patch, Alfred (31 March 2015). "Rye's Wainwright House Profiled in The New York Times". Rye, NY Patch. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  5. ^ Mardis, Walt (26 August 2011). "Wainwright House Faces a New Set of Challenges". Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  6. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (28 March 2015). "Wainwright House, a Haven for the Spirit on Long Island Sound". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  7. ^ Mare, J.; Wollaston, John. "Robert Gilbert Livingston". Frick Art Reference Library Photoarchive. Retrieved 25 October 2017.

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
Alford W. Cooley
New York State Assembly
Westchester County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Holland S. Duell
Preceded by
new district
New York State Assembly
Westchester County, 4th District

Succeeded by
George W. Mead
New York State Senate
Preceded by
John C. R. Taylor
New York State Senate
24th District

Succeeded by
John F. Healy
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James W. Husted
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 25th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles D. Millard