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John Baker Jones (1803-1881)

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Associate Justice, Texas Supreme Court, 1845-1846

John Baker Jones was born September 14, 1803 in Charleston, South Carolina. Little is known of his early years. He was married and had several children, and lived in both Mississippi and Alabama before arriving in Texas in time to participate in the Texas Revolution. He had settled in Galveston by 1850.

In 1845 Jones was appointed judge of the First Judicial District, automatically making him an associate justice of the supreme court. He served in that capacity for only approximately three weeks from December 15, 1845 to January 5, 1846. He was then named judge of the Seventh Judicial District in the new state of Texas. Jones died in July 1881.

Notable opinions

De La Garza v. Twohig, 65 Tex. L. Rev. 418 (Tex. 1845) (declining to dismiss appeal for want of bond and reversing judgment rendered against defendant securities in currently dissolved injunction bond obtained solely to stay prosecution, plaintiff having tried the claim and won in court, judgment properly rendered against defendant alone).

Duggan v Cole, 65 Tex. L. Rev. 412 (Tex. 1845) (reversing jury verdict for plaintiff in credit action on finding that case was new action and not a continuation upon remand, thus statute of limitations bars plaintiff from filing claim).


Ericson, Joe E. Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) 162 (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1980).

Wynn, Leila Clark. A History of the Civil Courts in Texas, 60 The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 17.

Extended bibliography

Ericson, Joe E. Judges of the Republic of Texas (1836-1846) 162 (Dallas, Texas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1980).

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives. Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, 116.

Additional information available in Southwestern Historical Quarterly as follow:
Volume 44, page 368
Volume 60, page 17