John A. Elston

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John Arthur Elston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1915 – December 15, 1921
Preceded byJoseph R. Knowland
Succeeded byJames H. MacLafferty
Personal details
Born(1874-02-10)February 10, 1874
Woodland, California, US
DiedDecember 15, 1921(1921-12-15) (aged 47)
Washington, D.C., US
Cause of deathsuicide by drowning
Resting placeChapel of the Chimes (Oakland, California)
Political partyProgressive Party
Republican Party
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley

John Arthur Elston (February 10, 1874 – December 15, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from California.[1]

Born in Woodland, California, Elston attended public schools. He graduated from Hesperian College, Woodland, 1892. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, California, 1897. He was a teacher. He was admitted to the California state bar, 1901, and was a lawyer in private practice. He served as executive secretary to the Governor of California (George C. Pardee) from 1903 to 1907. He served as member of the board of trustees of the State Institution for the Deaf and Blind from 1911 to 1914.[1]

Elston was elected as a Progressive to the Sixty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915 – December 15, 1921). He served as chairman of the Committee on Mileage (Sixty-sixth Congress).[1]

Elston committed suicide in Washington, D.C. on December 15, 1921, by drowning in the Potomac River.[2] He was cremated and the ashes placed in the California Crematorium,[1] now the Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, California.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c d
    • United States Congress. "John A. Elston (id: E000161)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ "Congressman is Potomac Suicide". Herald Tribute. Chicago. 16 December 1921. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ Chapel of the Chimes
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph R. Knowland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. MacLafferty

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website