Correspondence; printed copies of his speeches; and some reference materials, such as clippings, reports, copies of bills
and government documents. Relate mainly to his career in the U.S. Senate and his stand on such issues as intervention in Mexico,
neutrality, preparedness, U.S. entry into World War I, Hetch Hetchy Valley legislation, irrigation in California; and to the
political situation in California, particularly during the 1916 presidential campaign.
John Downey Works was born in Indiana, March 29, 1847, and attended public schools there. At the age of 16 he enlisted in
the 10th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Cavalry of the Union Army and served the duration of the war. He then studied law, was
admitted to the bar in 1868 and began his practice in Indiana. In 1883 he moved to San Diego, California, and continued the
practice of law. He served as judge of the Superior Court of San Diego County, 1886-1887, and as associate justice of the
Supreme Court of California, 1888-1891. He moved to Los Angeles in 1896 and became president of the city council in 1910.
In November of that year he was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving from 1911 to 1917. Deciding not
to be a candidate for re-election, he resumed his practice of law, and died in Los Angeles, June 6, 1928.
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