John Q. Tufts

John Quincy Tufts (* July 12, 1840 in Aurora, Dearborn County, Indiana; † August 10, 1908 in Los Angeles, California ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1877 he represented the state of Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1852, John Tufts came with his parents in the Muscatine County in Iowa. There he attended the public schools and then the Cornell College in Mount Vernon. Since 1858 Tufts was established in Cedar County, where he worked in agriculture.

Politically, he was a member of the Republican Party. In the years 1870, 1872 and 1874, he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Iowa. 1874 Tufts was in the second electoral district of Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Aylett R. Cotton on March 4, 1877. Since he resigned in 1876 to further candidacy, Tufts was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1877.

After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Tufts was 1879-1887 Indian agent in what is now the state of Oklahoma. There he founded the first Indian police unit in 1880. After his time as an Indian Agent Tufts moved to Los Angeles. He was 1892-1896 Chairman of the City Council. John Tufts was married since October 10, 1861 Susan Shaw Cook, with whom he had eleven children. He died on August 10, 1908 in Los Angeles.