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John Wesley GAINES

(1860-1926)

GAINES, John Wesley, a Representative from Tennessee; born in Wrencoe, near Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., August 24, 1860; attended private and public schools, in which he also taught; studied law at home; studied medicine, and was graduated from the University of Nashville and from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn., in 1882; never practiced medicine, but the day after graduation resumed the study of law; was admitted to the bar in 1884 and commenced practice in Nashville in 1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1909); unsuccessful for reelection in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; practiced law in Nashville, Tenn., where he died July 4, 1926; interment in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

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

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