John Travers Wood bigraphy, stories - American physician

John Travers Wood : biography

November 25, 1878 - November 2, 1954

John Travers Wood (November 25, 1878 – November 2, 1954) was a physician and one-term congressman from northern Idaho.


Born in Wakefield, England, Wood immigrated with his parents to the United States in 1889. They settled in Woodridge, North Dakota, and he was naturalized a citizen in 1901. After graduating public schools there, he taught school for six years; he then graduated from Detroit College of Medicine. He moved to Hannah, North Dakota and set up a practice there for one year, before moving to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

From 1910 to 1950, he worked as a surgeon for the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. In addition, he served as the mayor of Couer d'Alene during 1911 and 1912, and founded the town's hospital. During World War I, he served as a lieutenant in the medical corps of the U.S. Army.

In the 1950 election, Wood ran as a Republican for the open seat in Congress from Idaho's first district. He took office at age 72 and served a single term, narrowly losing his re-election bid in 1952 to Gracie Pfost. During his term, he also mentioned his distrust of the United Nations, citing its charter's similarities to the USSR's constitution, and mentioned as much to the U.S. Flag Wood left the House on January 1953 and returned to Coeur d'Alene, where he died less than two years later.

Election results

Living octopus

Living octopus

In countries which are located near sea coasts, sea food is an important part of national cuisine

U.S. House elections (Idaho's 1st district): Results 1950–1952
Year Democrat Votes Pct Republican Votes Pct
1950 Gracie Pfost 41,040 49.5% John T. Wood 41,823 50.5%
1952 Gracie Pfost 54,725 50.3% John T. Wood (inc.) 54,134 49.7%