John C. Houk

John Chiles Houk ( born February 26, 1860 in Clinton, Anderson County, Tennessee, † June 3, 1923 in Fountain City, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1891 and 1895 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Houk was the son of Congressman Leonidas C. Houk, of Tennessee had great influence in the Republican Party. The younger Houk attended the public schools of his home and moved in 1871 with his parents to Knoxville, where he studied at the University of Tennessee. Between 1881 and 1883 he was an administrative employee of the Federal Pension Authority ( Pension Bureau) in Washington. After studying law at the George Washington University today and its made ​​in 1884 admitted to the bar he began in Knoxville to work in his new profession.

Like his father was also John Houk leading member of the Republicans in Tennessee. For four years he was in the state executive of the party. From 1889 to 1891 he was employed as Assistant Doorkeeper in the management of Congress. After the death of his father, he was elected as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington at the due election for the second seat of Tennessee, where he took up his new mandate on December 7, 1891. After a re-election in the elections of 1892 he could remain until March 3, 1895 Congress.

In 1894, he was not nominated by his party for re-election. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again. He also continued his political career continued at the state level. In the years 1897-1899, 1911-1913 and 1917-1923 he was in the Senate from Tennessee. John Houk died on 3 June 1923 in Fountain City.