• Date of Birth: March 15, 1879
  • Born City: Sneedville
  • Born State/Country: TN
  • Parents: Shelby Ellette, a minister, & Ida Grace Tyler
  • Date of Death: October 31, 1954
  • Death City: Atlanta
  • Death State/Country: GA
  • Married: Edna Earle Lyle, 28 Dec. 1909; Frieda Louise Sullivan, 28 Oct. 1922.
  • Education:

    A.B. Carson & Newman Coll. (Jefferson City, TN), 1898; LL.D., 1917; A.M. Columbian (now George Washington) U., 1900; Ph.D. Cornell, 1909.

  • Dissertation:

    "The Poetic Plural of Greek Tragedy in the Light of Homeric Usage" (Cornell, 1909); printed CSCP 19 (Ithaca, 1910).

  • Professional Experience:

    Princ. Oak Grove (TN) HS, 1898-9; prof. Gk. & mod. langs. Harriman U. (TN), 1900-1; prof. Gk. & Lat., 1901-3; prof. anc. & mod. langs. Va. Intermont Coll., 1903-7; schol. arch. & comp. philol. Cornell, 1907-8; fell. Gk. & Lat., 1908-9; actng. pres. Va. Intermont Coll., 1909-10; asst. prof, to prof. Gk. Cornell, 1910-47; joint ed. CSCP, 1922-47; mng. comm. ASCSA, 1922-54; ann. prof. 1929-30; mayor of Interlaken, NY, 1936-42.

  • Publications:

    "Strabo i.4.6," CP 11 (1916) 462-4; The Geography of Strabo (trans., based on unfinished ed. of J. R. S. Sterrett), 8 vols., LCL (London & New York, 1917-32); "The Beacon Signals and the Time Element in the Agamemnon of Aeschylus," Studies Capps, 182-90.

  • Notes:

    The bulk of Jones' career at Cornell was devoted to editing CSCP and completing J. R. S. Sterrett's Loeb translation of Strabo, his enduring monument. Though it is unclear how much Sterrett had actually accomplished at the time of his death, Jones credits himself with establishing and translating the Greek text, and adding critical commentary, notes and maps. Jones, like his subject, loved to travel and used sabbaticals to visit Asia Minor, the Holy Land, Egypt, and parts of Europe to gain the firsthand experience necessary to make intelligent comment on his author. In America, he devoted considerable energy to public affairs, spending World War I as director of War Camp Community Service for the Virginia peninsula and serving for many years as mayor of Interlaken, NY.

  • Sources:

    NYTimes (1 Nov. 1954) 27; WhWh 1950-1:1417.

  • Author: Ward W. Briggs, Jr.