Jonathan Ross (senator)

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Jonathan Ross
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United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
January 11, 1899 – October 18, 1900
Preceded by Justin S. Morrill
Succeeded by William P. Dillingham
Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
In office
1890–1899
Preceded by Homer E. Royce
Succeeded by Russell S. Taft
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
In office
1870–1890
Preceded by Benjamin H. Steele
Succeeded by Laforrest H. Thompson
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
1870–1870
Serving with John M. Martin
Preceded by Harley M. Hall
Horace Fairbanks
Succeeded by Calvin Morrill
Charles Rogers Jr.
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
1865–1867
Preceded by Gates B. Bullard
Succeeded by Emerson Hall
Personal details
Born (1826-04-30)April 30, 1826
Waterford, Vermont, U.S.
Died February 23, 1905(1905-02-23) (aged 78)
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eliza Ann Carpenter Ross
Helen Daggert Ross
Children

Caroline C. Ross Eliza M. Ross

Helen M. Ross

Julia Ross

Martha E. Ross

Edith Helen Ross

Edward H. Ross

Jonathan C. Ross
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Principal

Jonathan Ross (April 30, 1826 – February 23, 1905) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Vermont. He served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and as United States Senator from Vermont.

Early life[edit]

Born in Waterford, Vermont, son of Royal Ross and Eliza (Mason) Ross. Ross attended the public schools and St. Johnsbury Academy. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1851 and was principal of the Chelsea and Craftsbury Academies from 1851 to 1856.[1] He studied law in the Chelsea office of former Congressman William Hebard, and later with Charles Davis of Danville and William A. Fletcher of Michigan; he was admitted to the bar in 1856.[2]

Career[edit]

Ross was Treasurer of Passumpsic Savings Bank from 1858 to 1868. He practiced law in St. Johnsbury until 1870. After being State's attorney for Caledonia County from 1862 to 1863, he was appointed a member of the State board of education, holding that office from 1866 to 1870.[3]

From 1865 to 1867, Ross was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives and he was a State senator in 1870. He was a member of the State Board of Education from 1866 to 1870 and served on the Vermont Council of Censors in 1869. He was judge of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1870 to 1890 and Chief Justice of Vermont from 1890 to 1899.[4][5]

In December 1898, U.S. Senator Justin S. Morrill died.[6] Governor Edward Curtis Smith offered to appoint Benjamin F. Fifield to the vacancy, and Fifield tentatively accepted.[7] Several days later, Fifield declined, and Smith then offered the appointment to Ross, who accepted.[7] He served from January 11, 1899 to October 18, 1900, when a successor was elected.[8] While in the Senate, he was chairman of the United States Senate Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service (Fifty-sixth Congress).[9] He was not an active candidate for reelection in 1900. After his time in the Senate, he was chairman of the board of State railroad commissioners from 1900 to 1902.[10]

Death and burial[edit]

Ross retired to his home in St. Johnsbury, where he resided until his death. He died on February 23, 1905 from injuries sustained when his sleigh was struck by a train a few days earlier. According to published accounts, Ross and his wife were stopped at a crossing while a train passed by. Their horse became frightened and dashed between two train cars, demolishing the sleigh and killing Mrs. Ross. The train crew transported Ross to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a broken hip and other injuries, and remained until his death.[11] Ross is interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. His wives are buried at either side of his grave.[12]

Family[edit]

Ross married twice. He married Eliza Ann Carpenter (1826-1886) on November 22, 1852. They were the parents of eight children, including Caroline C., Eliza M., Helen M., Julia, Martha E., Edith Helen, Edward H., and Jonathan C.[13] In 1887, he married Helen Daggert, and they remained married until her death.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jonathan ROSS". Ancestry.com. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ROSS, Jonathan, (1826 - 1905)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Forbes, Charles S. (1898). The Vermonter, Volumes 4-5. p. 108. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Judge Ross Appointed by Gov. Smith as Successor to the Late Senator Morrill". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. January 12, 1899. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. (Subscription required (help)). 
  7. ^ a b "Judge Ross Appointed by Gov. Smith as Successor to the Late Senator Morrill", p. 1.
  8. ^ "Jonathan Ross (senator)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "Ex-Senator Jonathan Ross" (PDF). New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  13. ^ Cutter, William Richard (1914). New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 621. 
  14. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Justin S. Morrill
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
January 11, 1899 – October 18, 1900
Served alongside: Redfield Proctor
Succeeded by
William P. Dillingham