Biography of Henry D. Ross
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HENRY D. Ross, Associate Justice of the first Supreme Court of Arizona, was born in Independence County, Arkansas, September 12, 1861. His early life was spent on a farm. He first attended the public schools, then Clark's Academy, at Berryville, Arkansas. He took his law course in the University of Iowa, from which he was graduated with a LL. B. degree in 1883. Judge Ross came to Arizona in 1885, and during the first two years of his residence here taught school, before devoting his time exclusively to the practice of his profession. In 1889 and 1890 he served as District Attorney of Yavapai County, and during the succeeding two years as District Attorney of Coconino County, while in 1893 and 1894 he represented the latter county in the Assembly. His next official position was Register of the Land Office in Prescott, which he resigned after three years to become District Attorney of Yavapai County, and the latter position he resigned in 1911, when elected member of the Supreme Court. Until his election to the Supreme bench. Judge Ross was in active practice, and from 1894 a member of the firm of Ross & O'Sullivan, of Prescott. During the years since he attained to prominence in his profession, he has been a substantial friend to the young lawyer, and some of Arizona's brightest attorneys today attribute their success in part to his judicious instruction. Judge Ross was married April 24, 1890, to Miss Margaret Wheeler. Mrs. Ross is one of the most socially charming women of the Capital city, their present home, is educated in art and music, and a leading member of the Musicians' and Woman's Clubs of that city. They have two sons, Henry Davis, Jr., and John Wheeler Ross.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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