Archives of Maryland
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Isidor Rayner (1850-1912)
MSA SC 3520-1512

Biography:

Baltimore, April 11, 1850.  Son of William Solomon and Amalie (Jacobsen) Rayner.  Attended private schools; attended University of Maryland at Baltimore; graduated University of Virginia at Charlotteville Law Department, 1869.  Admitted to the Maryland bar, 1871.  Married Frances Jane Bevan, 1871; one son William B. Rayner.  Died in Washington, D.C., November 25, 1912.  Buried in Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates, 1878-84.  State senator, 1886 and 1888 (resigned).  Attorney general, 1889-1903.  Elected as a Democrat to 50th Congress; served March 1887-March 1889.  Unsuccessful bid for reelection; elected to 52nd, 53rd Congresses; served March 1891-March 1895; did not seek reelection; U.S. senator, 1905-12.

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