STONE, John Wesley, (1838 - 1922)


“The U.S. House of Representatives - Portraits of Congressmen” (detail), Harper’s Weekly 1891, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

STONE, John Wesley, a Representative from Michigan; born in Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio, July 18, 1838; attended the public schools and Spencer (Ohio) Academy; moved to Allegan County, Mich., in 1856; elected county clerk of Allegan County in 1860; studied law; was admitted to the bar in January 1862 and practiced; reelected county clerk in 1862; prosecuting attorney 1864-1870; president of Allegan Village in 1872; circuit judge of the twentieth judicial circuit of Michigan from April 1873 until his resignation on November 1, 1874; moved to Grand Rapids, Mich., and practiced law; elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; appointed by President Chester A. Arthur as United States attorney for the western Michigan district in 1882; moved to Houghton, Mich., in 1887 and resumed the practice of law; elected circuit judge of the twenty-fifth Michigan circuit in April 1890 and served until December 31, 1909; elected justice of the State supreme court in April 1909 for the term ending December 31, 1917; reelected in 1916 and served until his death in Lansing, Mich., March 24, 1922; interment in Park Cemetery, Marquette, Mich.