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John A. Elston

John Arthur Elston (February 10, 1874 – December 15, 1921) was a U.S. Representative from California.[1]

Born in Woodland, California, Elston attended public schools. He graduated from Hesperian College, Woodland, 1892. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, California, 1897. He was a teacher. He was admitted to the California state bar, 1901. He was a lawyer in private practice. He served as executive secretary to the Governor of California (George C. Pardee) from 1903 to 1907. He served as member of the board of trustees of the State Institution for the Deaf and Blind from 1911 to 1914.[1]

Elston was elected as a Progressive to the Sixty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915 - December 15, 1921). He served as chairman of the Committee on Mileage (Sixty-sixth Congress).[1]

Elston committed suicide in Washington, D.C. on December 15, 1921. He was cremated and the ashes placed in the California Crematorium,[1] now the Chapel of the Chimes, Oakland, California.[2]


Preceded by
Joseph R. Knowland
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. MacLafferty

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