Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Ankenys in:
 • Mountain View Cemetery
 • Walla Walla
 • Walla Walla County
 • Washington
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Levi Smith Ankeny
Birth: Aug. 1, 1844
Buchanan County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 29, 1921
Walla Walla
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA

US Senator. He served in the United States Senate from March 1903 to March 1909 as a representative from Washington state. Born near St. Joseph, he moved to the Pacific Northwest with his parents in 1853, settling in the frontier town of Portland, Oregon. He spent his early years in the cattle business before moving to Lewiston, Idaho following the discovery of gold and silver in the early 1860s, where his interests shifted to mining and packing operations. He operated one of the town's first general stores which also served as a bank for mining prospectors. He was elected as Lewiston's first official mayor in the early 1870s before moving to Walla Walla, Washington where he served as chairman of the Pan American Exposition Commission. In 1873 he established the First National Bank of Walla Walla, and was also involved in a number of regional banking pursuits. He remained active in the banking business until being elected to the United States Senate as a Republican in 1902. As a member of Congress, he served on the Irrigation Committee, the Irrigation and Reclamation Committee, the Commerce Committee, the Coast and Insular Survey Committee, and also served as a committee member for railroads, national banks, coastal defenses, and forest and wildlife preservation and protection. He was also active in sponsoring legislation for the creation of public works projects in the cities of Seattle, Tacoma and Spokane, and irrigation projects in the rural counties of Yakima, Kittitas and Okanogan. Following his government service he returned to Walla Walla, Washington where he resumed his banking interests until his death from stroke related complications at the age of 76. (bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Charity Christine Geer Ankeny (1822 - 1864)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Jane Nesmith Ankeny (1848 - 1918)*
 
 Children:
  John D'Art Ankeny (1879 - 1942)*
  Robert M. Ankeny (1884 - 1927)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mountain View Cemetery
Walla Walla
Walla Walla County
Washington, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Oct 28, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6886116
Levi Smith Ankeny
Added by: Amoreeena
 
Levi Smith Ankeny
Added by: Nela and Roberta
 
Levi Smith Ankeny
Added by: Nela and Roberta
 
There is 1 more photo not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Peace
- Cori Hoag
 Added: Mar. 17, 2014

-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 11, 2012

- Cathy Edrington
 Added: Apr. 16, 2010
There are 16 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (3.7 after 21 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service