Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
ELSTON, John Arthur (1874-1921)

ELSTON, JOHN ARTHUR, a Representative from California; born in Woodland, Yolo County, Calif., February 10, 1874; attended the public schools; graduated from Hesperian College, Woodland, Calif., 1892; graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif., 1897; teacher; admitted to the California state bar, 1901; lawyer, private practice; executive secretary to the Governor of California, 1903-1907; member of the board of trustees of the State Institution for the Deaf and Blind, 1911-1914; 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); chairman, Committee on Mileage (Sixty-sixth Congress); committed suicide in Washington, D.C., December 15, 1921; cremated and the ashes placed in the California Crematorium, Oakland, Calif.

University of California, Berkeley
The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, CA
Papers: 1918-1921, 0.25 linear foot.
The John Arthur Elston papers contain correspondence regarding proposed legislation to enlarge Sequoia National Park. Include letters from the following: Horace M. Albright, Scott Ferris, California Civic League, William W. Hastings, Stephen T. Mather (U.S. National Park Service), James D. Phelan, Sierra Club (William F. Badè), U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service, and Harry A. Wishard; and copies of congressional bills, with related maps and reports.

Papers: In the Arthur Arlett Papers, 1912-1921, 6 boxes.
The papers contain four letters from John Arthur Elston written in 1916-1917 while serving as U.S. congressman from California. In the letters, John Elston asks for Arthur Arlett's opinion of local political conditions to help him decide about seeking re-election. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.