John Wilson Ross

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John Wilson Ross
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John Wilson Ross, circa 1939
Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court
In office
November 13, 1918 – January 6, 1919.
Preceded by Alfred Franklin
Succeeded by Albert C. Baker
Member of the Arizona Senate
from the Cochise County district
In office
January 1, 1929 – December 31, 1930
Serving with Fred Sutter
Personal details
Born November 1863
Berryville, Arkansas
Died June 30, 1945
Pueblo, Colorado
Political party Democrat

John Wilson Ross (November 1863 - June 30, 1945) was a Justice of the Supreme Court of Arizona from November 13, 1918 to January 6, 1919. At 8 weeks, Ross served the shortest tenure in the court's history while his brother, Henry D. Ross, served the longest.[1]

Ross was appointed by Governor George W. P. Hunt to replace outgoing Justice Alfred Franklin, who'd been defeated in the 1918 primary by Albert C. Baker.[2][3] Franklin resigned before the end of his term to take a position as Collector of Internal Revenue for the Arizona-New Mexico District.[4]

Ross later served in the 9th Arizona State Legislature, representing Cochise County.[5][6]


  1. ^ The Arizona Supreme Court: Its 2000-2001 Decisions, 34 Ariz. St. L.J. 369, 373 (2002)
  2. ^ Goff, John S. (1975). Arizona Territorial Officials Volume I: The Supreme Court Justices 1863-1912. Cave Creek, Arizona: Black Mountain Press. p. 140. OCLC 1622668. 
  3. ^ James W. Byrkit, Forging the Copper Collar: Arizona's Labor-Management War of 1901–1921 (2016), p. 291.
  4. ^ "Alfred Franklin Named Collector of U.S. Revenue". El Paso Herald. October 24, 1918. p. 8. 
  5. ^ "Session laws, State of Arizona, 1928, Eighth Legislature, Fifth and Sixth Special Sessions, 1929, Ninth Legislature, First Regular Session". State of Arizona. Retrieved January 30, 2017. 
  6. ^ Arizona Legislators-John Wilson Ross