Term: Jones, Burr W. 1846 - 1935
lawyer, politician, Congressman, judge, author, b. Union, Rock County. He attended Evansville Seminary, taught school, and graduated from the Univ. of Wisconsin (B.A., 1870; LL.B., 1871; M.A., 1874). He was admitted to the bar in 1871, practiced law in Portage for one year, and in 1872 established a practice in Madison. A Democrat, he was district attorney for Dane County (1873-1877) and in 1882 was elected to Congress, serving one term (Mar. 1883-Mar. 1885). Unsuccessful in his bid for re-election (1884), he returned to Madison and served as professor of law at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1885-1915). He was chairman of the state tax commission (1897-1898), and in this capacity recommended an ad valorem tax on railroads and a state inheritance tax. In 1920 he was appointed to the state supreme court to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John B. Winslow (q.v.); he was elected to the unexpired term in Apr., 1922, and served on the high court bench from Sept., 1920, until fan., 1926. After leaving the court he retired from his law practice. Jones was the author of law texts and of an autobiography, Reminiscences of Nine Decades. B. W. Jones, Reminiscences of Nine Decades (Evansville, Wis. ); Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1950); Wis. Blue Book (1923); Wis. Reports, 219 (1936), pp. xxx-li; Madison Wis. State Journal, Jan. 7, 1935; B. W. Jones Papers.
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[Source: Blue book]