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Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright (December 10, 1864 - June 3, 1945) was a U.S. Representative from New Yorkmarker.

Born in New York Citymarker, Wainwright was graduated from Columbia College and Columbia School of Political Science in 1884, and from Columbia Law School in 1886. He was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in New York City and in Westchester County, New Yorkmarker. 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.

Wainwright was elected to serve as a member of the State Assembly (1902-1908) and in the State Senate (1909-1913).

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.

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.

Wainwright was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1923-March 3, 1931). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1930.He resumed the practice of law and served as a member of the Westchester County Park Commission (1930-1937).

Wainwright died in Rye, New Yorkmarker, June 3, 1945 and was interred in Greenwood Union Cemeterymarker.


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