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Guide to the Herbert C. (Herbert Coffin) Jones Papers, 1903-1954
Special Collections M0099  
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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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