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Woodrow Wilson Jones (January 26, 1914 – November 25, 2002) was a United States Representative from North Carolina and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Woodrow Wilson Jones
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
February 1, 1985 – November 25, 2002
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
1968–1984
Preceded byWilson Warlick
Succeeded byRobert Daniel Potter
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
In office
June 28, 1967 – February 1, 1985
Appointed byLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byJames Braxton Craven Jr.
Succeeded byDavid B. Sentelle
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 11th district
In office
November 7, 1950 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byAlfred L. Bulwinkle
Succeeded byBasil Lee Whitener
Personal details
Born
Woodrow Wilson Jones

(1914-01-26)January 26, 1914
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
DiedNovember 25, 2002(2002-11-25) (aged 88)
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Resting placeRutherfordton City Cemetery
Rutherfordton, North Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
EducationMars Hill College (A.A.)
Wake Forest University School of Law (LL.B.)

jones was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on June 27, 1967, to a seat vacated by J. Braxton Craven, Jr.. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28, 1967, and received commission the same day. Served as chief judge, 1968-1984. Assumed senior status on February 1, 1985. Jones's service was terminated on November 25, 2002, due to death.

Education and careerEdit

Born on January 26, 1914, in Rutherfordton,[Note 1] Rutherford County, North Carolina, Jones attended the public schools of Rutherford County. He received an Associate of Arts degree from Mars Hill College in 1934. He received a Bachelor of Laws from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1937. He was in private practice of law in Rutherfordton from 1937 to 1944. He was City Attorney of Rutherfordton from 1940 to 1943. He was prosecuting attorney of the Rutherford County Recorder's Court from 1941 to 1943. He was a United States Naval Reserve Lieutenant (j.g.) from 1944 to 1946. He was in private practice of law in Rutherfordton from 1946 to 1950. He was a Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949. He was a United States Representative from North Carolina from 1950 to 1957. He was in private practice of law in Rutherfordton from 1956 to 1967.[1][2]

  1. ^ FJC Bio indicates he was born in Rutherfordton, while Cong Bio indicates he was born in the adjacent Green Hill Township.

Congressional and subsequent political serviceEdit

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the 81st Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Alfred L. Bulwinkle. He was reelected to the three succeeding Congresses, serving from November 7, 1950, to January 3, 1957, but was not a candidate for renomination to the 85th Congress in 1956. He was a delegate to all Democratic State Conventions from 1940 to 1960 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1960. He was the Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party Executive Committee from 1958 to 1960. He was appointed by Governor Luther Hodges as a member of state constitution commission from 1958 to 1960.[1]

Jones was a signatory to the 1956 Southern Manifesto that opposed the desegregation of public schools ordered by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Jones was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson on June 27, 1967, to a seat on the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina vacated by Judge James Braxton Craven Jr. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 28, 1967, and received his commission the same day. He served as Chief Judge from 1968 to 1984. He assumed senior status on February 1, 1985. His service was terminated on November 25, 2002, due to his death in Rutherfordton. He was interred in the Rutherfordton City Cemetery in Rutherfordton.[1][2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c United States Congress. "Woodrow W. Jones (id: J000263)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b "Jones, Woodrow Wilson - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.

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