Herbert C. Jones was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where his father taught in Penn College. He received his grammar school and
high school education in San Jose, California, and his university training at Stanford University, where he completed his
bachelor's degree in 1902. In 1904 he graduated from the Stanford school of Law. After graduation, Mr. Jones spent a short
period in the County Clerk's Office, Santa Clara County, then began to practice law in San Jose where he since has maintained
law offices. Mr. Jones took a leading part in the civic and community affairs of San Jose and Santa Clara County and manifested
an interest, as well, in state and national political events. On January 2, 1913 he was elected to the California State Senate,
in the first recall election of a state legislative official in California. Senator Jones served as State Senator for twenty-two
years, 1913 through 1934. The Jones Papers include material from 1912 to 1954, however, because Mr. Jones continued to follow
closely state political activity after his term of official service.
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