National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Samuel Milton Jones Papers

(Microfilm Edition)

Ohio Historical Society

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An oilman and inventor, Samuel Milton Jones (1846 –1904) served as a Progressive Era Mayor of Toledo, Ohio from 1897 to 1904. Known as “Golden Rule” Jones, he was an influential advocate of municipal reform and oversaw implementation of a series of humane modifications including free kindergartens, a park system, playgrounds for children, free public baths, an eight-hour day for city workers, and other reforms.

15 reels, 95-page guide


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Samuel M. Jones, c. 1904 by Ernest Crosby, courtesy Clarence Darrow Digital Collection, University of Minnesota Law Library.


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