Biography of John M. Ross
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JOHN MASON ROSS, junior member of the firm of Ellinwood & Ross, and son of Edwin and Mary McCoy Ross, was born in Davis County, Indiana, in 1874. His father, whose regular occupation was farming, served throughout the Civil War as private in an Ohio Regiment, and was wounded several times. Mr. Ross received his early education in the public schools of Ohio, and later attended Stanford University, California from which he was graduated in 1897 with the degree LL. B. Having been admitted to practice in California, he entered the office of A. C. Freeman, San Francisco, a well known attorney and law writer, with whom he was associated about three years. On coming to Arizona, he located in Prescott, where for several years he was associated with John J. Hawkins, one of the State's best known attorneys, after which he became a member of the firm of Norris, Ross & Smith. Not only in Yavapai, where they handled a large portion of the litigation involving grave complications, but throughout the State, this firm attained prominence, and their practice called them to the courts of the various counties. The firm of Ellinwood & Ross, which, personally and professionally, stands second to none, are general attorneys for the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Company and for the El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Company in Arizona, whose interests for some years were looked after by the now senior member of the firm, Mr. E. E. Ellinwood. When the duties of his position as general attorney necessitated his securing a partner, Mr. Ellinwood's choice in the matter was Mr. Ross, with whom he had formerly been associated, and who has been a member of the present firm about three years. Mr. Ross has served as President of the Arizona Bar Association, was at one time President of the Yavapai Club, of Prescott, and is now President of the Warren District Country Club, at Warren. He was married in 1903 to Miss Mabel Edwards Landers, of San Francisco, a graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Mass., and a woman of much culture. They have three children, Hugh Landers, aged six; Lydia Goodwin, aged four, and Everett Mason, aged one month. They make their home at Warren.

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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