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Description: Thomas Goode Jones - Brief BiographyDate: July 31 1890
Newspaper published in: Hartselle, AL
Source: Madison Co. Library, Huntsville, AL
Page/Column: Page 2, Column 5
THOMAS GOODE JONES
ALABAMA’S NEXT GOVERNOR
A Man of Much Ability and Great Worth
It is with no little pleasure that we present to the readers of the ENQUIRER the picture and a sketch of the life of Col. Thomas Goode Jones the Democratic nominee for governor of Alabama. He is a man that has made a record which is worthy of imitation and can be pointed to with pride.
Col. Jones was born in Macon, Ga., November 26th 1844, and came to Montgomery, Ala., in 1850 and has lived in that city ever since. At the outbreak of the civil war he was a cadet at the Virginia Military Institute, and was ordered to Virginia as a drill master of volunteers. He served on Gen. J. B. Gordon’s staff during the war, was twice promoted and several times wounded.
For “gallant conduct at Bristoe” he was commended in orders, and personally thanked by Gen. Robert E. Lee. The same officer sent his “thanks to the brave young Alabamian,” for his services at Hare’s Hill, where in the presence of General Lee, young Jones volunteered to cross the space between the works of the two armies, which was plowed by a terrific fire of cannon and small arms, to bear Gordon’s orders for the withdrawal of his troops from the position they had captured. He was in the last action at Appomattox, and bore one of the flags of truce into the enemy’s lines just before the surrender.
At the close of the ware he returned home, and engaged in planting, and at the same time read law in the office of the late John A. Elmore and afterwards, under the late Chief Justice A. J. Walker. He was admitted to the bar in 1866, and the same year married Miss Georgena Bird, of Montgomery, who, with their seven children constitute his happy household. His planting operations resulted disastrously and he surrendered everything to creditors, not even reserving a homestead, and devoted a large share of his professional earnings afterward to paying these debts.
In 1868 he was one of the editors of the Daily Picayune, a Democratic paper published in Montgomery, and evince much ability as a writer.
For four terms he made an able member of the city council of Montgomery. He resigned from the Council after nine years’ service.
In 1880 he resigned from the office of reporter of the Supreme Court which he had long filled with credit to himself, and satisfaction to the bench & bar, to give his entire attention to practice of his profession, in which he had gradually but surely attained high rank.
In 1884 he was nominate and elected to a seat in the General Assembly. He took a prominent and useful part in the session of 1884-1885 and became one of the acknowledged leaders of the House. His services were highly appreciated by his constituents and he was re-nominated and elected in 1886.
He was Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, session of 1886-1887, and by his prompt, intelligent and impartial rulings won for himself unstinted respect and affection.
As a military man Col. Jones has distinguished himself. He is a man that is in every respect worthy of the honor and support of the people of Alabama for the high office of governor, which he was nominated to by the last Democratic Convention.