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John F. Dockweiler, California Congressman.

John Francis Dockweiler (September 19, 1895 – January 31, 1943) was a U.S. Representative from California. He also served as the District Attorney of Los Angeles County from 1940-1943.


John Francis Dockweiler was born in Los Angeles to Isidore Bernard Dockweiler and Gertrude Reeve. Dockweiler attended parochial schools. He graduated from Loyola College, Los Angeles in 1918 and from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 1921. He attended the law department of Harvard University. He was admitted to the bar in 1921, and commenced law practice in Los Angeles in 1922.

Dockweiler was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1939). He was not a candidate for renomination in the primaries in 1938, but was an unsuccessful candidate for nomination as Governor of California. In the general election, he was an unsuccessful Independent candidate for reelection to the Seventy-sixth Congress.

He resumed the practice of law. He served as district attorney of Los Angeles County 1940-1943.

He died in Los Angeles, California, January 31, 1943. He was interred in Calvary Cemetery (New Calvary Catholic Cemetery) in East Los Angeles.[1]


External resourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "John F. Dockweiler (id: D000387)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 16th congressional district

Succeeded by
Leland M. Ford

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