1904: “Golden Rule” Jones Dead

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Toledo, Ohio, July 12.

“Golden Rule” Jones, mayor of Toledo died here today at 5 p. m., after having been unconscious for the past sixty hours. He was 58 years old.

Samuel Milton Jones was born in Beddgelert, Wales. He was brought to the United States by his parents when he was three years old. He worked as a laborer in the Titusville, Pa, oil fields. His experience in the oil district gave him an idea for an improvement in the sucker rod of oil pumps. He formed a company and started his fortune. Mr. Jones was at first a Republican, but abandoned strict party principles. His name appeared on the Republican ticket for mayor of Toledo in 1897. He was elected. He retained his seat in 1899, 1901, 1903 as an independent. He was a non-partisan candidate in 1900 for governor in Ohio. In his campaign he wrote two songs and sang them himself in Golden Rule hall, an institution of his own where musicals are given free for the benefit of working men and their families.

Mr. Jones advocated municipal ownership, direct legislation, the eight hour day and the doctrine that the people should nominate their own candidates for all offices by free petition without the intervention of caucuses, primaries delegates or parties.

Source: Barton County Democrat (Kansas), published 15 July 1904

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