Cornelius J. Jones

Cornelius J. Jones
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library

Cornelius J. Jones (Issaquena County)

State House: 1890-1891

Born: August 13, 1858 in Vicksburg, MS
Died: March 16, 1931 in Oklahoma

Lawyer. Son of Cornelius and Hannah Jones. Graduate of Alcorn University.

Jones represented Henry Williams in the Williams v. Mississippi case that went before the Supreme Court and maintained that Williams’ conviction could not stand because Mississippi’s electoral laws meant that only white people could be on the jury. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that Mississippi’s suffrage provisions were not discriminatory. In the early 1900s, Jones moved to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he continued to be involved in law and politics.

Listed on the 1900 census as a lodger in Washington, D. C. Listed on the 1920 census in Muskogee with wife Maggie (m. September 3, 1919).

The Schomburg Center at New York Public Library holds the Jones-Sadler family papers, a collection of materials related to Jones, his sister, Sarah Jones Sadler, and her family.

Vicksburg Evening Post, March 13, 1890
Weekly Democrat-Times, Sep 8, 1894
Jones campaign broadside, 1896
Jones campaign broadside, 1896
Daily Commercial Herald, Dec 9, 1896
Vicksburg Dispatch, November 9, 1898
Natchez Democrat, March 22, 1899
Clarion Ledger, September 26, 1899
Vicksburg Evening Post, Sep 20, 1900
Vicksburg Herald, May 10, 1903
Letter to Zusa, October 15, 1904
Letter to Zusa, October 15, 1904
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Dec 15, 1904
Vicksburg Herald, September 27, 1906
Times-Democrat, October 19, 1906
Tulsa Democrat, November 16, 1906
New-State Tribune, February 14, 1907
Times-Democrat, March 26, 1909
Vicksburg Herald, November 21, 1915
Muskogee Tattler, December 16, 1916
Vicksburg Herald, September 27, 1917
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Aug 28, 1919
Muskogee Daily Phoenix, Sep 5, 1919
Letter to Sister Sarah, May 9, 1927
Letter to Sister Sarah, May 9, 1927
Letter to Sister Sarah, June 11, 1927
Letter to Sister Sarah, June 11, 1927
Letter to Sarah, September 28, 1928
Letter to Sister Sarah, September 28, 1928
Letter to Sister Sarah, January 21, 1929
Letter to Sister Sarah, January 21, 1929
Obituary of Cornelius J. Jones
Obituary of Cornelius J. Jones