Burr W. Jones

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Burr W. Jones
Burr W. Jones in "The badger" (1916).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by George Cochrane Hazelton
Succeeded by Robert M. La Follette, Sr.
Personal details
Born March 9, 1846
Town of Union, Rock County, Wisconsin
Died January 7, 1935(1935-01-07) (aged 88)
Madison, Wisconsin
Political party Democratic

Burr W. Jones (March 9, 1846 – January 7, 1935) was an American politician, jurist, and lawyer.

Born in the Town of Union, Rock County, Wisconsin, Burr W.Jones attended the common schools and the Evansville Seminary, in Evansville, Wisconsin, and taught at the school for several years. He graduated from the literary department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1870 and from the law department in 1871 and was admitted to the bar in 1871 commencing practice in Portage, Wisconsin. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin in 1872 where he continued to practice law. He became the prosecuting attorney of Dane County in 1872 and 1874. He was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885) representing Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1884 to the Forty-ninth Congress. He became professor of law at the University of Wisconsin 1885-1915 and served as city attorney in 1891; chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1892; delegate to the national convention (gold standard) at Indianapolis in 1896; member of the Wisconsin Tax Commission in 1897 and 1898 and served as chairman; appointed associate justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court September 6, 1920, to fill a vacancy; elected to the same office April 4, 1922, and served until his retirement on January 1, 1926; resumed the practice of law; died, in a hospital, Madison, Wisconsin on January 7, 1935; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery.[1][2]

One of the Kronshage dormitories at the University of Wisconsin–Madison is named after him, as well as a Madison city park on the Yahara River.


  1. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1925,' Biographical Sketch of Burr W. Jones, pg. 643
  2. ^ 'Burr Jones, Beloved Justice, Dies as He Nears Milestone 89,' Wisconsin State Journal, January 7, 1935, pg. 1, 5
  • United States Congress. "Burr W. Jones (id: J000213)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
George Cochrane Hazelton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 3rd congressional district

March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1885
Succeeded by
Robert M. La Follette, Sr.