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John Stephens WOOD

(1885-1968)

WOOD, John Stephens, a Representative from Georgia; born on a farm near Ball Ground, Cherokee County, Ga., February 8, 1885; attended the public schools and the North Georgia Agricultural College at Dahlonega; was graduated from the law department of Mercer University, Macon, Ga., in 1910; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Jasper, Ga.; member of the State house of representatives in 1917; served as solicitor general of the Blue Ridge judicial circuit of Georgia 1921-1925, and as judge of superior courts of the Blue Ridge judicial circuit 1925-1931; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and Seventy-third Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1935); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1934; resumed the practice of law; elected to the Seventy-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1953); chairman, Committee on Un-American Activities (Seventy-ninth, Eighty-first, and Eighty-second Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1952; resumed law practice in Canton, Ga., until failing health forced his retirement; died in Marietta, Ga., September 12, 1968; interment in Arlington Cemetery, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Ga.

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

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