W. H. A. Pike was born in York County, Maine, January 24, 1854. His forbears came to America before the Revolutionary War. He was educated at Oxford Military Academy and Bowdoin College, Maine and studied law with Ayres & Clifford, prominent Maine attorneys. He came to Nevada in 1874 and taught school in Washoe County while he continued his law studies. For many years he was identified with educational work and was Churchill County Superintendent of Schools in 1878. During his residence in Churchill County he was sent three times to the assembly, 1883, 1885, 1887 and having returned to Washoe County he represented that county in the assembly in 1893. In 1900 he was elected district attorney of Washoe County. In 1907 he was elected District Judge and served through 1910.