Asa W. Jones

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Asahel Wellington Jones
Asa W. Jones 1897.jpg
circa 1897
24th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
In office
January 13, 1896 – January 8, 1900
GovernorAsa S. Bushnell
Preceded byAndrew L. Harris
Succeeded byJohn A. Caldwell
5th President of Ohio State Bar Association
In office
December 31, 1884 – December 30, 1885
Preceded byDurbin Ward
Succeeded byWilliam J. Gilmore
Personal details
Born(1838-09-18)September 18, 1838
Johnstonsville, Ohio
DiedOctober 9, 1918(1918-10-09) (aged 80)
Trumbull County, Ohio
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Jeanette Palmer
Louise Brice
Alma materWestern Reserve Academy

Asahel Wellington Jones (September 18, 1838 – October 9, 1918) was an American Republican politician who served as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1896 to 1900.[1]

Jones was born September 18, 1838 at Johnstonsville, Trumbull County, Ohio, son of William P. Jones, born in Trumbull County, and Mary J. Bond, born in New York.[2] He was raised on a farm and educated in the public schools. He attended Western Reserve Academy.[3] He read law in Warren, and was admitted to the bar 1859.[4] In 1861, he opened an office in Mecca, Ohio, during the oil boom there.[5] In 1864, he moved to Youngstown. His practice there concentrated on personal injury lawsuits involving railroads.[5] In 1869, he was elected Prosecuting Attorney of Mahoning County, and re-elected in 1871.[4] He later was general council for the Pittsburg and Western Railroad, and attorney for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. He was director and a large stockholder of the Second National Bank of Youngstown, and the Dollar Savings and Trust Company.[3]

In 1880 Jones was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. In December, 1884, he was elected President of the Ohio State Bar Association.[4][6] Governor Foraker appointed him judge advocate general of the state.[5] In 1895, he was nominated at the state Republican Convention, and won election as Lieutenant Governor.[7] He won re-election in 1897.

In 1906, Jones retired from legal practice, and concentrated on farming at Hartford. He was married September 24, 1861 to Jeanette Palmer, who had two children, and died in 1901. In 1904, he married Louise Brice of Oberlin, Ohio, a graduate of Oberlin College.[5]

Jones died at his country home in Trumbull County October 9, 1918.[8] Jones was a member of the Methodist Episcopal faith,[8] and was a Freemason[9]


  1. ^ Ohio Secretary of State
  2. ^ Trumbull 1882 : 218
  3. ^ a b Reed 1897 : 265-268
  4. ^ a b c Smith 1898 : 667
  5. ^ a b c d Randall 1915 : 525-529
  6. ^ Bar Association 1888 : 99
  7. ^ 1895 election Jones 425,871 Democrat John W. Peaslee 331,521 from Smith 1898 : 665
  8. ^ a b Bar Association 1919 :126-129
  9. ^ Upton 1909 : 308


  • Smith, Joseph P, ed. (1898). History of the Republican Party in Ohio. I. Chicago: the Lewis Publishing Company.
  • Randall, Emilius; Ryan, Daniel Joseph (1915). History of Ohio: the Rise and Progress of an American State. 6. New York: The Century History Company.
  • Reed, George Irving; Randall, Emilius Oviatt; Greve, Charles Theodore, eds. (1897). Bench and Bar of Ohio: a Compendium of History and Biography. 2. Chicago: Century Publishing and Engraving Company.
  • Reports ... Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association ...., Volume 9. Ohio State Bar Association. 1888. p. 99.
  • History of Trumbull and Mahoning Counties. 1. Cleveland: H Z Williams and Brother. 1882. pp. 218–219.
  • Reports ... Proceedings of the annual meeting of the Association ....,. 40. Ohio State Bar Association. 1919.
  • Upton, Harriet Taylor (1909). A twentieth century history of Trumbull County, Ohio. 2. Chicago: Lewis Publishing. pp. 306–308.
Political offices
Preceded by
William V. Marquis
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio
Succeeded by
John A. Caldwell