John D. Works
|John Downey Works|
|United States Senator
March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1917
|Preceded by||Frank P. Flint|
|Succeeded by||Hiram Johnson|
March 29, 1847|
Rising Sun, Indiana
|Died||June 6, 1928
Los Angeles, California
John Downey Works was born in Indiana and attended private schools there. As a young man he served in the American Civil War as a member of the Tenth Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Cavalry. After a few years as a lawyer in Indiana he moved to San Diego, California in 1883 and rose in California politics. On October 2, 1888, he was appointed by Governor Robert Waterman to a seat on the California Supreme Court, where he served until January 5, 1891.
He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1911 and as a Senator he served on the committee on Expenditures in the War Department (Sixty-second United States Congress) and the Committee on Fisheries. After retiring from the Senate he wrote two books: Duty to Man: A Study of Social Conditions and How They May Be Improved and What's Wrong With the World? He died in Los Angeles and his ashes were placed in Inglewood Park Cemetery. He is said to have been a member of the Church of Christ, Scientist.
- The Political Graveyard: Christian Scientist Politicians at politicalgraveyard.com
- United States Congress. "John D. Works (id: W000743)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Guide to the John D. Works Papers at The Bancroft Library
|United States Senate|
Frank P. Flint
|U.S. Senator (Class 1) from California
Served alongside: George C. Perkins, James D. Phelan
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