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Jonathan Ross
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United States Senator
from Vermont
In office
January 11, 1899 – October 18, 1900
Preceded by Justin S. Morrill
Succeeded by William P. Dillingham
Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Homer E. Royce
Succeeded by Russell S. Taft
Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court
In office
Preceded by Benjamin H. Steele
Succeeded by Laforrest H. Thompson
Member of the Vermont Senate
In office
Serving with John M. Martin
Preceded by Harley M. Hall
Horace Fairbanks
Succeeded by Calvin Morrill
Charles Rogers Jr.
Member of the Vermont House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Gates B. Bullard
Succeeded by Emerson Hall
Personal details
Born (1826-04-30)April 30, 1826
Waterford, Vermont, U.S.
Died February 23, 1905(1905-02-23) (aged 78)
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Eliza Ann Carpenter Ross
Helen Daggert Ross

Caroline C. Ross Eliza M. Ross

Helen M. Ross

Julia Ross

Martha E. Ross

Edith Helen Ross

Edward H. Ross

Jonathan C. Ross
Alma mater Dartmouth College
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge, Principal

Jonathan Ross (April 30, 1826 – February 23, 1905) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and judge from Vermont. He served as Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court and as United States Senator from Vermont.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Waterford, Vermont, son of Royal Ross and Eliza (Mason) Ross. Ross attended the public schools and St. Johnsbury Academy. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1851 and was principal of the Chelsea and Craftsbury Academies from 1851 to 1856.[1] He studied law in the Chelsea office of former Congressman William Hebard, and later with Charles Davis of Danville and William A. Fletcher of Michigan; he was admitted to the bar in 1856.[2] He was Treasurer of Passumpsic Savings Bank from 1858 to 1868. He practiced law in St. Johnsbury until 1870. After being State's attorney for Caledonia County from 1862 to 1863, he was appointed a member of the State board of education, holding that office from 1866 to 1870.[3]

From 1865 to 1867, Ross was a member of the Vermont House of Representatives and was a State senator in 1870. He was a member of the State Board of Education from 1866 to 1870 and served on the Vermont Council of Censors in 1869. He was judge of the Vermont Supreme Court from 1870 to 1890 and Chief Justice of Vermont from 1890 to 1899.[4][5]

Ross was appointed as a Republican candidate to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Justin S. Morrill, serving from January 11, 1899 to October 18, 1900, when a successor was elected.[6] While in the Senate, he was chairman of the United States Senate Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service (Fifty-sixth Congress).[7] He was not an active candidate for reelection in 1900. After his time in the Senate, he was chairman of the board of State railroad commissioners from 1900 to 1902.[8]

Ross retired to his home in St. Johnsbury, where he resided until his death. Ross died on February 23, 1905 from injuries sustained when his sleigh was struck by a train. His wife was killed in the accident.[9] Ross is interred at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. His wives are buried at either side of his grave.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Ross married twice. He married Eliza Ann Carpenter on November 22, 1852 with whom he had eight children, Caroline C., Eliza M., Helen M., Julia, Martha E., Edith Helen, Edward H., and Jonathan C.[11] Sometime after her death in 1886, he married Helen Daggert.[12]


  1. ^ "Jonathan ROSS". Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ROSS, Jonathan, (1826 - 1905)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jonathan Ross(Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Forbes, Charles S. (1898). The Vermonter, Volumes 4-5. p. 108. 
  5. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 29 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jonathan Ross (senator)". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Ex-Senator Jonathan Ross". New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Cutter, William Richard (1914). New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Company. p. 621. 
  12. ^ "Jonathan Ross (Senator)". Find a Grave. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Justin S. Morrill
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Vermont
January 11, 1899 – October 18, 1900
Served alongside: Redfield Proctor
Succeeded by
William P. Dillingham


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