Jones, Samuel Milton

Jones, Samuel Milton

Jones, Samuel Milton, 1846-1904, American political reformer, known as "Golden Rule" Jones, b. Wales. He was brought to America as a child and worked in the oil fields of Pennsylvania and Ohio. He invented improvements in oil-drilling machinery, and after the oil trust refused to handle these inventions, Jones manufactured them himself—very successfully—in Toledo, Ohio. He was noted for his advanced program of employee-management relations. Elected (1897) mayor of Toledo on the Republican ticket, he put into operation a comprehensive program of municipal reform. When refused renomination in 1899, he ran as an independent and overwhelmingly defeated both political machines. He was reelected in 1901 and 1903 and died in office. During his administration he established civil service and instituted the eight-hour day and minimum wages for city employees.

See his autobiography, The New Right (1899).

This is a list of Mayors of Toledo, Ohio.

Term of Service Name Life Dates Party
1837-1839 John Berdan 1798-1841 Whig
1839-1840 Hezekiah D. Mason   Whig
1840-1843 Myron H. Tilden 1812-1888 Whig
1843-1844 James Myers (politician) 1795-1864 Democratic
1844-1845 George B. Way 1811-1868 Whig
1845-1846 Richard Mott 1804-1888 Republican
1846-1849 Emery Davis Potter 1804-1896 Democratic
1849-1850 Daniel O. Morton 1815-1859 Democratic
1850-1851 Caleb F. Abbott 1811-1855 Whig
1851-1852 Charles M. Dorr 1816-1870  
1852 Daniel McBain (resigned)    
1852 Egbert B. Brown (resigned) 1816-1902  
1852-1853 Ira L. Clark ?-1885  
1853 Mavor Brigham 1806-1897  
1853-1857 Charles M. Dorr (2) 1816-1870  
1857-1860 Alexander Brownlee (resigned) 1806-1872  
1860-1861 Alexander H. Newcomb ?-1888 Republican
1861 Isaac R. Sherwood 1835-1925 Democratic
1861-1863 John Manor 1829-1888  
1863-1867 Charles M. Dorr (3) 1816-1870  
1867-1869 Charles A. King 1817-1893 Republican
1869-1871 William Kraus 1813-1883 Republican
1871-1875 William W. Jones 1819-1892 Democratic
1875-1877 Guido Marx 1827-1899 Republican
1877-1899 William W. Jones (2) 1819-1892 Democratic
1879-1895 Jacob Romeis 1835-1904 Republican
1885 George W. Scheets 1842-1929 Republican
1885-1887 Samuel F. Forbes 1830-1897 Republican
1887-1891 James Kent Hamilton 1839-1918 Republican
1891-1893 Vincent J. Emmick 1846-1917 Republican
1893-1897 Guy G. Major 1859-1912 Republican
1897-1904 Samuel Milton "Golden Rule" Jones (died in office) 1846-1904  
1904-1905 Robert H. Finch 1856-1915 Republican
1906-1913 Brand Whitlock 1869-1934  
1914-1915 Carl H. Keller 1875-1952 Republican
1916-1917 Charles M. Milroy 1867-1931 Republican
1918-1921 Cornell Schreiber 1881-1945 Democratic
1922-1925 Bernard F. Brough 1871-1926 Republican
1926-1927 Fred J. Mery 1876-1949 Republican
1928-1931 William Trayton Jackson 1876-1933 Republican
1932-1933 Addison Q. Thacher 1876-1963 Republican
1934-1935 Solon T. Klotz 1866-1948  
1936-1939 Roy C. Start 1877-1956 Republican
1940-1942 John Q. Carey (resigned) 1905-1958  
1943-1947 Lloyd Emerson Roulet 1891-1985 Republican
1948-1950 Michael V. DiSalle 1908-1981 Democratic
1950-1951 Ollie Czelusta   Republican
1952-1953 Lloyd Emerson Roulet (2) 1891-1985 Republican
1954-1957 Ollie Czelusta (2)   Republican
1957-1959 John W. Yager 1920-2000 Democratic
1969-1961 Michael J. Damas 1912-2003 Democratic
1961-1967 John W. Potter ?-1998 Republican
1967-1971 William J. Ensign   Democratic
1971-1976 Harry W. Kessler 1927-2007 Democratic
1977-1982 Douglas DeGood   Democratic
1983-1989 Donna Owens   Republican
1990-1993 John McHugh   Democratic
1994-2002 Carleton S. "Carty" Finkbeiner 1939- Democratic
2002-2005 Jack Ford 1947- Democratic
2006-present Carleton S. "Carty" Finkbeiner (2) 1939- Democratic

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