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John Arthur ELSTON

(1874-1921)

ELSTON, John Arthur, a Representative from California; born in Woodland, Yolo County, Calif., February 10, 1874; attended the public schools; graduated from Hesperian College, Woodland, Calif., 1892; graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1897; teacher; admitted to the California state bar, 1901; lawyer, private practice; executive secretary to the Governor of California, 1903-1907; member of the board of trustees of the State Institution for the Deaf and Blind, 1911-1914; 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); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Sixty-sixth Congress); committed suicide in Washington, D.C., December 15, 1921; cremated and the ashes placed in the California Crematorium, Oakland, Calif.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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