Benton County


Joseph Jones, attorney-general of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Tennessee, and a native of Carroll County, same State, was born October 29, 1857, son of Thomas E. and Sarah Jones, both native Virginians and both now deceased. The father came to Tennessee in 1852, located at Huntingdon, where he followed farming principally, and was mayor of the town a number of years; he died there September 19, 1885. Our subject was reared to manhood in his native county, securing an academical education in the Huntingdon schools. At the age of eighteen he began the study of law, with a view of making it a profession, and entered in 1876 the office of Hawkins & Townes, where he remained two years. December, 1878, he came to Camden and was admitted to the Benton County bar, after which he entered regularly in the practice of his profession and has remained here to the present time, having acquired prominent and leading position among the lawyers of West Tennessee. Mr. Jones has been an active and unswerving Democrat in his political views, and as such was elected to the office of attorney-general in August 1884. He has discharged the duties of this important office in an efficient and highly satisfactory manner. November 16, 1881, he married Ella Hill, of Benton County, and they have two children: Harry E. and Cecil Hill. Mr. Jones was for years mayor of Camden and is recognized by all as an excellent citizen and legal practitioner of decided ability. In 1886 he declined to make the race for the State Legislature, although petitioned by several hundred of the leading citizens. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, in which he has been an elder since 1874.

House, 26th General Assembly, 1889-91; representing Benton County, TN. Democrat. Born in Carroll County 29 October 1857; son of Thomas E. and Sarah Jones. Read law at Camden, Benton County, TN; admitted to bar in 1878. Married Ella Hill on 16 November 1881 at Camden, daughter of W.T. Hill. Children: Harry E., Arthur F. and Herbert J. Jones. Moved to Dresden, Weakley, County, TN; Attorney General of 12th Judicial Circuit, 1884-86; presidential elector, 1904, on Democratic ticket of Alton B. Parker and Henry G. Davis; appointed, 1908, judge of 14th Judicial Circuit of Tennessee, to fill vacancy and re-elected in 1910; appointed judge of Tennessee Court of Civil Appeals, and elected to succeed self, 1910, for term of eight years. Member of Methodist Episcopal Church. Died at Dresden 8 August 1922, buried in Dresden Cemetery

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