John W. Gaines

John Wesley Gaines (* August 24, 1860 in Nashville, Tennessee, † July 4, 1926 ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1909 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Gaines was born in Wrecoe, a now-defunct town near Nashville. He attended both public and private schools. Later he taught himself for some time as a teacher. As a result, he learned in a home study jurisprudence. He also studied medicine. The corresponding statements he made at the University of Nashville and Vanderbilt University. Gaines has never worked as a physician. After his made ​​in 1884 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession from 1885 in Nashville.

Politically Gaines was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1896 he was in the sixth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph E. Washington on March 4, 1897. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1909 six legislative periods. During this time, including the Spanish-American War was from 1898.

1908 Gaines was not nominated by his party for re-election. In the following years he practiced as a lawyer again in Nashville, where he died on July 4, 1926.