John C. Houk
|John Chiles Houk|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 2nd district
December 7, 1891 – March 3, 1895
|Preceded by||Leonidas C. Houk|
|Succeeded by||Henry R. Gibson|
|Born||February 26, 1860
|Died||June 3, 1923 (aged 63)
Fountain City, Tennessee
|Spouse(s)||Minnie Obedience Young Houk|
|Alma mater||University of Tennessee|
Houk was born in Clinton, Tennessee in Anderson County on February 26, 1860, son of Leonidas C. Houk and Elizabeth Houk. He attended the local schools, and moved with his parents to Knoxville in 1871. He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Employed as a clerk in the Pensions Bureau at Washington, D.C., Houk worked from 1881 to 1883. He studied law at Columbian (now George Washington) University in Washington, D.C. He was admitted to the bar in 1884, and he commenced practice in Knoxville.
Elected as a Republican to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Leonidas C. Houk, Houk was re-elected to the Fifty-third Congress and served from December 7, 1891 to March 3, 1895. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894.
Houk served in the Tennessee Senate from 1897 to 1899, from 1911 to 1913, and from 1917 to 1923. He resumed the practice of law in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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