Walter Burgwyn Jones

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Walter Burgwyn Jones (October 16, 1888 – August 1, 1963) was a judge, legislator, and writer from Alabama.[1]

Political career[edit]

Jones served in the Alabama House of Representatives, as a Democrat, from 1919 to 1920. He was then a circuit court judge until 1935. Jones was a presiding judge from 1935 to 1963.[2]

While presiding over New York Times Co. v. Sullivan in 1960, Jones ruled that the presence of an Alabama lawyer representing the New York Times contributed to the existence of a substantial business interest in the state of Alabama. This ruling ensured that the lawsuit would play out in his own courtroom. In so doing, he overruled his own book, Alabama Pleading and Practice.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Walter Burgwyn Jones was also a writer.[4] His father was Thomas G. Jones, the Governor of Alabama.[5]

United States presidential election of 1956[edit]

In the 1956 Presidential election, faithless elector W. F. Turner cast his vote for Jones, who was a circuit court judge in Turner's home town, for President of the United States and Herman E. Talmadge for Vice President, instead of voting for Adlai Stevenson, and Estes Kefauver.[6]

Published works[edit]

  • 'Alabama practices and forms' 1947
  • 'Jones' equity pleading and practices' 1954
  • 'Confederate war poems' 1959
  • 'Alabama pleading and practice at law' 1960
  • 'Citizenship and voting in Alabama' 1947
  • 'Alabama secedes from the Union' 1900
  • 'Alabama jury instructions' 1953
  • 'John Burgwin, Carolinian, John Jones, Virginian, Their Ancestors and Descedents' 1913


  1. ^ Our Walter Burgwyn Jones
  2. ^ Database
  3. ^ Lewis, Anthony (1991). Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment. Vintage Books, Random House. ISBN 0-679-73939-4. 
  4. ^ Open Library-Walter Burgwyn Jones
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of Alabama-Thomas G. Jones
  6. ^ Our Turner