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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: John Downey Works Papers
    Creator: Works, John D. (John Downey)
    Identifier/Call Number: M0031
    Identifier/Call Number: 1439
    Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1911-1928

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Lewis R. Works, 1930-31.

    Biographical Note

    John Downey Works was born March 29, 1847 on a farm in Ohio County, Indiana. Educated in the common schools of the state until 1861, he then served eighteen months with the U. S. Volunteers in the Civil War. In 1868, he married Alice Banta, was admitted to the bar, and began a law practice in Vevay, Indiana which lasted for fifteen years. In 1879, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives for one term. Forced to leave Indiana in l883 due to ill health, Works and his family journeyed West and settled in southern California where, from 1886-87, he served as Judge of the Superior Court of San Diego County, Los Angeles. In 1888, he was appointed to fill a vacancy as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of California and shortly thereafter, was elected to fill out the term. Works returned to a private legal partnership in 1891 and remained so engaged until 1910 when he served for a brief time as President of the City Council of Los Angeles. In 1911, he was nominated by the Progressive Republicans of the Lincoln-Roosevelt League for the position of U. S. Senator, was subsequently elected, and served in Congress until 1917 when he returned once again to private life and practice. Works died on June 6, 1928.
    Among Works' publications are: Indiana Pleading and Practice, Water and Water Rights, Courts and their Jurisdiction, What's Wrong With the World, Man's Duty to Man, and Juridical Reform.


    Page from library catalog: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/4082758 

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] John Downey Works Papers, M031, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Scope and Contents

    The Works Papers include the correspondence of John Downey Works dated from 1911 to 1928, the bulk of which was written between 1916 and 1926. In addition, the collection contains a typescript copy of Works' memoirs concerning, especially, his years in the U. S. Senate, several typescripts of articles and speeches, and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings by or about Works from 1906-1911. Also included are printed copies of many of Works' Senate speeches.
    Of primary interest in the Papers is the correspondence concerning Works' election to the U. S. Senate in 1911, publication of his several books, and his relationship with the Church of Christ Scientist.
    For additional information consult the Works Collection in the Bancroft Library, University of California (see correspondence to Works from J. C. Rowell, Librarian). Also helpful for general reference is Irene Lucile Way's The Political Career of John Downey Works, a thesis written 1929-30 at Stanford University for the degree of Master of Arts.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Neale Publishing Co.
    La Follette., Robert M.
    Hargraves, John W.
    Christian Science Monitor
    Blight, Reynold E.
    Stratford Co.
    Taft, William H.
    Patton, Charles 0.
    Rowell, Chester H.