John W. Gaines

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John Wesley Gaines
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1909
Preceded by Joseph E. Washington
Succeeded by Jo Byrns
Personal details
Born August 24, 1860 (1860-08-24)
Davidson County
Died July 4, 1926 (1926-07-05) (aged 65)
Nashville, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Nashville

Vanderbilt University

Profession Attorney


John Wesley Gaines (August 24, 1860 – July 4, 1926) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 6th congressional district of Tennessee.


Gaines was born in Wrecoe, near Nashville, Tennessee in Davidson County, son of John and Maria Wair Gaines.[1] He attended private and public schools, in which he also taught. He studied law at home, studied medicine, and graduated from the University of Nashville. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1882. He never practiced medicine, but the day after graduation he resumed the study of law. He was admitted to the bar in 1884 and commenced practice in Nashville in 1885.[2]


Elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and the five succeeding Congresses, Gaines served from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1909.[3] He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress. He continued to practice law in Nashville, Tennessee.


On July 4, 1926 (age 65 years, 314 days), Gaines died in Nashville. He is interred at Mount Olivet Cemetery.[4]


  1. ^ "John W. Gaines". Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "John W. Gaines". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "John W. Gaines". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "John W. Gaines". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph E. Washington
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jo Byrns