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John William Summers (April 29, 1870 – September 25, 1937) was a U.S. Representative from Washington.

John W. Summers
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byWilliam L. La Follette
Succeeded byKnute Hill
Member of the Washington House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
John William Summers

(1870-04-29)April 29, 1870
Indiana, U.S.
DiedSeptember 25, 1937(1937-09-25) (aged 67)
Walla Walla, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jennie B. (Burks) Summers
Alma materKentucky School of Medicine
Southern Indiana Normal College

Born in Indiana, Summers attended the public schools. He was graduated from the Southern Indiana Normal College at Mitchell, Indiana, in 1889 and from the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville in 1892. He pursued postgraduate studies in the Louisville Medical College and in New York, London, Berlin, and the University of Vienna, Austria. He commenced the practice of medicine in Mattoon, Illinois. He moved to Walla Walla, Washington, in 1908 and continued the practice of medicine. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits and fruit raising. He served as member of the State house of representatives in 1917. Summers was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-sixth and to the six succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress, and for election in 1934 to the Seventy-fourth Congress and in 1936 to the Seventy-fifth Congress.[citation needed]

He resumed former pursuits. Summers was married to Jennie B. (Burks) Summers (1867–1956), a member of the Christian Women's Temperance Union, as well as active member of many club, church and organizational groups. John W. Summers died in Walla Walla, Washington, on September 25, 1937. He was interred in Mountain View Cemetery, alongside his beloved wife Jennie, of many years.[citation needed]

Summers' daughter, Hope, was a film and television actress, best remembered by TV audiences on TV's on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D., as Aunt Bee's gossipy best friend Clara Edwards (1960–71).


  • United States Congress. "John W. Summers (id: S001067)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William L. La Follette
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Knute Hill