Woodrow W. Jones

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Woodrow Wilson Jones (January 26, 1914 in Green Hill, North Carolina – November 25, 2002 in Rutherfordton, North Carolina) was a United States Representative and a federal judge from North Carolina. He was born in Green Hill Township, Rutherford County, North Carolina and attended the public schools of Rutherford County. He graduated from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, NC in 1934 and graduated from Wake Forest University Law School, Wake Forest, North Carolina, in 1937. After being admitted to the bar, Jones practiced law and served as city attorney for Rutherfordton from 1940 to 1943 and was a prosecuting attorney of Rutherford County, in the Recorder’s Court, from 1941 to 1943. After returning from three years in the United States Navy during World War II, he was elected as a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives in 1946 and served two years.

Congressional and Judicial career[edit]

Jones was elected in 1950 as a Democrat to the 81st Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Alfred L. Bulwinkle. On the same date in 1950 he was elected in both the special election to fill out Bulwinkle's term and to a full term of his own. He was reelected in 1952 and in 1954, serving from November 7, 1950 – January 3, 1957. Jones was not a candidate for renomination to the 85th Congress in 1956. He was a delegate to all Democratic State Conventions from 1940 to 1960, and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960. He was the chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee from 1958 to 1960 and was appointed by Governor Luther Hodges as a member of the state constitution commission, on which he served from 1958 to 1960.

Jones was appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and served from 1967 to 1985, when he took senior status. He was chief judge for much of his active service (1968–1984). He retired to Rutherfordton where he died in 2002 and was buried in Rutherfordton City Cemetery.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Alfred L. Bulwinkle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th congressional district

1950-1957
Succeeded by
Basil Lee Whitener