Thomas A. Jones

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Thomas Alfred Jones
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circa 1914
Associate Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court
In office
January 1, 1915 – August 31, 1937
Preceded by J. Foster Wilkin
Succeeded by Robert N. Gorman
Personal details
Born (1859-03-04)March 4, 1859
Jefferson Furnace, Ohio
Died August 31, 1937(1937-08-31) (aged 78)
Columbus, Ohio
Resting place Fairmount Cemetery, Jackson, Ohio
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Grace Hoyt
Children four
Alma mater Ohio University
Religion Presbyterian

Thomas Alfred Jones (March 4, 1859 – August 31, 1937) was a Republican lawyer in the U.S. State of Ohio. He was an associate justice on the Ohio Supreme Court from 1915 until his death.

Biography[edit]

Thomas A. Jones was born March 4, 1859 at Jefferson Furnace, Jackson County, Ohio. He was in the first graduating class of four of the Jackson public high school in 1876. He graduated from Ohio University at Athens in 1881, where he was Phi Beta Kappa.[1]

Jones returned to Jackson County, where he taught in a rural school, and read law at a Jackson office. He passed the bar exam in 1883, and partnered with his mentor, James M. Tripp, in private practice.[1]

Jones was elected mayor of Jackson, and was the youngest holder of that office when he took office April, 1886. He served a two-year term, and did not again seek office until 1900. That year, he was elected to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and re-elected in 1906. In 1912, he was elected to the District Court of Appeals that replaced the Circuit Court.

Jones ran as a Republican for the Ohio Supreme Court in November 1914.[2] He was elected, and took office January 1, 1915. He was re-elected in 1920, 1926, and 1932. He wrote 329 majority, concurring, or dissenting opinions during his tenure.[1]

Jones health began to fail in 1937, and he missed some sessions, and wrote fewer opinions. He died at his Columbus home August 31, 1937. His funeral was at Jackson First Presbyterian Church, with burial at Fairmount Cemetery in Jackson.[1]

Jones was married to Grace Hoyt of Athens on June 30, 1886, and raised four children. He was a Presbyterian and Freemason.[1]

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