South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

Ira Boyd Jones
Date Born: December 29, 1851

 Date Died: December 12, 1927

Place Born: Newberry, SC

Place Buried: West Side Cemetery, Lancaster, SC


Chief Justice 1909 - 1912
Associate Justice 1896 - 1909

Ira Boyd Jones was born on December 29, 1851 in Newberry, SC, the son of Charles Milton Jones and Mary Jane (Neel) Jones. He was a freshman and a sophomore at Lutheran College in Newberry, but he graduated from Erskine College in 1870.

After college, he returned to Newberry, taught school in both Newberry and Edgefield for two years, and studied to practice law. He was admitted to the SC bar at the age of twenty-one (21) in 1873. The then practiced law in Newberry from 1873 until he moved to Lancaster, SC in October of 1875.

On January 21, 1875, Ira Boyd Jones married Rebecca Wyse, daughter of Capt. Joseph Wyse of Edgefield (now Saluda) County. They had seven children, but only two sons and three daughters survived him.

In 1890, Ira Boyd Jones was elected as one of two men to represent Lancaster County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 59th General Assembly that met from 1890 to 1891 - elected Speaker of the House on 12/23/1890
- 60th General Assembly that met from 1892 to 1893 - Speaker of the House
- 61st General Assembly that met from 1894 to 1895 - Speaker of the House

On January 30, 1896, Ira Boyd Jones was elected as an Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court and he resigned from the House of Representatives the next day. This seat on the SC Supreme Court was new due to changes in the SC Constitution in 1895. On January 22, 1902, he was re-elected to a second eight-year term.

When Chief Justice Young John Pope resigned, Ira Boyd Jones was chosen to complete the unexpired term. He was sworn in on April 15, 1909 as the next Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court.

On September 11, 1911, Chief Justice Ira Boyd Jones sent his resignation to Governor Coleman Livingston Blease, effective January 9, 1912. He ran unsuccessfully for the office of Governor of South Carolina.

Ira Boyd Jones died on December 12, 1927, and he was buried in the West Side Cemetery in Lancaster, SC.

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