John Travers Wood
|John Travers Wood|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Idaho's 1st district
January 3, 1951 – January 3, 1953
|Preceded by||Compton I. White, Sr.|
|Succeeded by||Gracie Pfost|
November 25, 1878|
|Died||November 2, 1954
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Resting place||Forest Cemetery
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
|Spouse(s)||Margaret O. Thomson
(m. 1907–1954, his death)
|Alma mater||Detroit College of Medicine, 1904|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Born in Wakefield, England, Wood immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1889. They settled in Woodridge, North Dakota, and he was naturalized a citizen in 1901. After graduating public schools there, he taught school for six years; he then graduated from Detroit College of Medicine. He moved to Hannah, North Dakota, and set up a practice there for one year, before moving to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
From 1910 to 1950, he worked as a surgeon for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. In addition, he served as the mayor of Coeur d'Alene during 1911 and 1912, and founded the town's hospital. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant in the medical corps of the U.S. Army.
In the 1950 election, Wood ran as a Republican for the open seat in Congress from Idaho's first district. He took office at age 72 and served a single term, narrowly losing his re-election bid in 1952 to Gracie Pfost. During his term, he also mentioned his distrust of the United Nations, citing its charter's similarities to the USSR's constitution, and mentioned as much to the U.S. Flag Committee. Wood left the House on January 1953 and returned to Coeur d'Alene, where he died less than two years later.
|1950||Gracie Pfost||41,040||49.5%||John T. Wood||41,823||50.5%|
|1952||Gracie Pfost||54,725||50.3%||John T. Wood (inc.)||54,134||49.7%|
This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- "Dr. John Wood, ex-Idaho solon, taken by death". Seattle Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. November 2, 1954. p. 1.
- "Dr. J.T. Wood's rites Thursday". Spokesman-Review. November 3, 1954. p. 2.
- "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved March 9, 2013.
- John Travers Wood at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- John Travers Wood at Find a Grave
|United States House of Representatives|
Compton I. White, Sr.
|United States House of Representatives, Idaho First Congressional District
January 3, 1951–January 5, 1953