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Among the leading manufacturers of Moline, Illinois, is Mr. Harry Ainsworth, vice-president of Williams, White & Company, manufacturers of heavy machine tools.
Mr. Ainsworth was born at Geneseo, Illinois, May 9, 1862. He is the son of Henry A. Ainsworth (whose biography appears in this book) and Sarah A., his wife. He was educated in Oberlin College (class of 1884) and Harvard Law School (class of 1887).
Although admitted to the bar of the State of Illinois, Mr. Ainsworth never practiced, but instead entered the office of Williams, White & Company with his father, where he has continued ever since as secretary, treasurer and vice president.
Mr. Ainsworth has served as secretary of the Tri-City Manufacturers’ Association for a number of years; also as member of the public library board, of which he is now president.
He is a member of the First Congregational Church of Moline, in which he has served in various offices, being now and for years past, superintendent of the Sunday School.
In politics Mr. Ainsworth is a Republican, though independent, when his judgment prompts him to assert such independence.
Mr. Ainsworth was married to Stella A. Davidson, the daughter of Mr. Orlando Davidson, banker, of Elgin, Illinois, in the year 1889. In this connection it is interesting to state that Mrs. Ainsworth’s grandfather, on the maternal side, James T. Gifford, laid out the City of Elgin.
The children of this union are Caroline D., Sarah A., and Dorothy S.