John William Rainey (December 21, 1880 – May 4, 1923) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

John W. Rainey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th district
In office
April 2, 1918 – May 4, 1923
Preceded byCharles Martin
Succeeded byThomas A. Doyle
Personal details
Born(1880-12-21)December 21, 1880
Chicago, Illinois
DiedMay 4, 1923(1923-05-04) (aged 42)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyDemocratic

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Rainey attended the public schools of his native city, De La Salle Institute, and the Kent College of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1910 and commenced the practice of law in Chicago. Rainey served as assistant judge of the probate court of Cook County 1910–1912, and served as clerk of the circuit court 1912–1916.

Rainey was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles Martin. He was reelected to the Sixty-sixth, Sixty-seventh, and Sixty-eighth Congresses and served from April 2, 1918, until his death in Chicago, Illinois, on May 4, 1923. Rainey was interred in Calvary Cemetery.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "John W. Rainey (id: R000015)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district

April 2, 1918 - May 4, 1923
Succeeded by
Thomas A. Doyle