Biography of Charles A. Jones
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Charles A. Jones who is private secretary to Governor Myers Y. Cooper, is esteemed as a progressive citizen in Columbus and in all of Franklin County, where he is prominent and well liked. He was born at Deer Park, Maryland, February 25, 1885, the son of Wilbur C. and Olive (Forman) Jones.

Wilbur C. Jones was born in Springhill Township, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, the son of Hiram and Nancy (Holt) Jones. His mother's father was a native of York County, Virginia, who emigrated to Pennsylvania as a soldier in the "Whiskey Rebellion." Olive (Forman) Jones was the daughter of Calvin and Clarissa (Cress) Forman, and was born in a settlement known as "The Crab Orchard" in Preston County, West Virginia. In early life, Mr. Jones was a stock buyer and school teacher. In 1884, he purchased a mercantile business at Deer Park, Maryland, and was engaged in this and the lumber business there until 1925, when he retired and moved to Columbus, where he has since resided. Mr. Jones took a prominent part in political and religious work in his community and held a number of local offices. His wife died in December, 1924, and is buried at Deer Park, Maryland. To Mr. and Mrs. Jones were born five children: Charles A., the subject of this sketch; E. Ray, attorney, lives at Oakland, Maryland; Mae, Pauline, and Winona, who are high school teachers in Columbus.

Charles A. Jones attended the grammar and high schools of Deer Park and Oakland, and in 1904 was graduated from the West Virginia Conference Seminary (now Wesleyan College of West Virginia). Coming to Ohio, he was graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, 1907, being honored by Cum Laude in scholarship and Magna Cum Laude in Economics and Government. He also received the special journalistic pin as a reward for his work on the Transcript, of which he was assistant editor, the editor being the present United States Senator from Washington, Clarence C. Dill. From 1907 until 1915, Mr. Jones was identified with the Delaware (Ohio) Gazette, and during this period was actively connected in a prominent way with many activities of the city, being president fo the Board of Trustees of the City Y. M. C. A., Director of Public Safety, 1913-14, and Publicity Director of Ohio Wesleyan University.

Always a Republican, he early engaged in active political work. When the campaign for the nomination as Governor of Frank B. Willis was launched in his home counties of Delaware and Hardin in the early part of 1914, for the first state wide primary ever held in Ohio, Mr. Jones was elected secretary of the committee for southern Ohio. He has been an officer of every Republican State Campaign Committee since that time. Serving as private secretary to United States Senator Frank B. Willis from 1921 until the date of his death, March 28, 1928, Mr. Jones had the utmost confidence of the Senator and was entrusted with the management of his campaign for reelection in 1926, the senator having almost a 90,000 majority. Since December, 1928, he has been private secretary to Gov. Myers Y. Cooper.

In 1915 and 1916 Mr. Jones served as secretary to the Tax Commission of Ohio; the following year he won success in the management of campaigns in Ohio and New York. During 1919, he was publicity director for the Methodist Centenary Movement for Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and as a result was chosen for a special 7,000 mile publicity mission in China. In May, 1920, Mr. Jones was a member of the staff of the Methodist General Conference at Des Moines, Iowa. He has represented The Cincinnati Times-Star, The Toledo Blade, and other papers in Columbus.

On August 20, 1907, Mr. Jones was united in marriage with Miss Ireta Eleanore Lowe, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, the daughter of Lewis N. and Elizabeth (Caplinger) Lowe, residents for several years past of 80 Linden Avenue, Newark, Ohio, where Mr. Lowe died in the spring of 1930.

The great grandfather of Mrs. Jones was a soldier in the War of 1812 and was wounded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane.

Mr. and Mrs. Jones are the parents of three children: Robert Gordon, born July 30, 1912; Elizabeth Eleanore (Betty), born September 28, 1916; and Virginia Lee, born May 19, 1919.

Mr. Jones is a member and officer of the North Broadway Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbus; and is affiliated with Hiram Lodge, No. 16, Free and Accepted Masons, Delaware; Scioto Consistory, 32d degree; Sigma Chi fraternity; Columbus Kiwanis Club, and Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He is a life member of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, this membership having been awarded him for special services to the society.

Mr. Jones is well known throughout Ohio as a speaker, especially to service clubs. His address on China, in which he uses exhibits personally gathered in that country, has been popular throughout the state. A special student of Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Jones has, on numerous occasions, been the Lincoln Day speaker in many cities. Another address, under the title, "Accidents That Have Made Presidents," specializing in unique incidents leading to nominations for this great office, has also been much in demand especially in presidential campaign years. Mr. Jones has been a special student of historical and political affairs and has a large library dealing with these and many other subjects. While secretary to the late United States Senator Frank B. Willis, he was associated with the Senator in preparing the legislation enacted through the Senator's influence that resulted in the purchase by the government of the famous collection of Lincoln relics gathered through a half century by Col. O. H. Oldroyd, a native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and preserved in the house in Washington, D. C., where the martyred president died.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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