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Norman L. Jones

Previous Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Norman L. Jones was born in Patterson, Illinois, on September 19, 1870. Justice Jones was admitted to the Bar in 1896 and soon thereafter entered into partnership for the practice of law with the late Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives Henry T. Rainey, until 1914 when he was elected Circuit Judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit to fill a vacancy. He was re-elected in 1915, 1921, and 1927 without opposition. In 1921 the Supreme Court assigned him to the Appellate Court of the Second District where he continued to serve until 1931. Justice Jones was a member of the Illinois House of Representatives in the 38th and 39th General Assemblies and had been City Attorney of Carrollton and State’s Attorney of Greene County. In 1924 he was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Illinois. He was elected to the Supreme Court on August 31, 1931, to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of Justice William M. Farmer, and was re-elected on June 5, 1933. He died on November 15, 1940.