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John Travers WOOD

(1878-1954)

WOOD, John Travers, a Representative from Idaho; born in Wakefield, England, November 25, 1878; immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1889 and settled in Woodridge, N.Dak.; naturalized in 1901; attended the public schools; taught school for six years; graduated from Detroit College of Medicine in 1904 and practiced medicine in Hannah, N.Dak., for one year; moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 1905 and licensed to practice medicine in 1906; surgeon for Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad 1910-1950; mayor of Coeur d’Alene in 1911 and 1912; founder and first president of Coeur d’Alene Hospital in 1908; during the First World War served as a lieutenant in the Medical Corps; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second Congress (January 3, 1951-January 3, 1953); was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1952 to the Eighty-third Congress; resumed the practice of medicine; died in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, November 2, 1954; interment in Forest Cemetery.

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

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