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Homer Jones (politician)

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Homer Raymond Jones (September 3, 1893 – November 26, 1970) was an American politician and government official. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949, representing the First Congressional District of Washington as a Republican.

Homer R. Jones
Homer R. Jones (Washington state Congressman).jpg
News service photo from Jones' unsuccessful 1944 campaign for Washington State Treasurer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byHugh De Lacy
Succeeded byHugh Mitchell
Personal details
Born
Homer Raymond Jones

(1893-09-03)September 3, 1893
Martinsburg, Missouri, U.S.
DiedNovember 26, 1970(1970-11-26) (aged 77)
Bremerton, Washington, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

BiographyEdit

Jones was born in Martinsburg, Missouri on September 3, 1893, and his family moved to Bremerton, Washington in 1901. He attended the public schools of Bremerton and studied business administration at Seattle Business College. During World War I he served in the United States Navy, enlisting in 1917, and remaining in uniform until his 1919 discharge.

After the war, Jones was employed as a sheet metal worker at the Bremerton Navy Yard. A resident of Charleston, Washington, he served on the city council from 1922 to 1924, and as mayor from 1924 to 1927. (Charleston was consolidated with Bremerton in 1927.) Jones was Kitsap County Treasurer from 1926 to 1929, and Assistant Washington State Treasurer from 1929 to 1933. From 1933 to 1937, Jones was treasurer of Bremerton, and he served as Bremerton's mayor from 1939 to 1941.

Jones served as state commander of the American Legion from 1934 to 1935. He received a commission in the United States Navy Reserve and was ordered to active duty for World War II; he served until the end of the war as a public affairs officer for the 13th Naval District, which was headquartered in Seattle. He was discharged as a captain in 1946, and his awards and decorations included the Bronze Star Medal.

In 1944, Jones was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer. In 1946, he was elected as a Republican to the 80th Congress (January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1948 to the 81st first Congress. From 1949 to 1955, he was superintendent of the Washington State Veterans' Home in Retsil, and he served again as Assistant State Treasurer from 1953 to 1957.

Jones died in Bremerton on November 26, 1970, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bremerton.

Homer R. Jones Drive in Bremerton is named for him.

ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Homer Jones (id: J000225)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Jones, Homer Raymond at Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh De Lacy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1949
Succeeded by
Hugh Mitchell