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ROBERT LOUIS JONES


Dr. Robert Louis Jones, though still a young man, was one of the pioneer colored physicians of the Capital City of West Virginia. He is a native of the Old Dominion, having been born at Lynchburg on July 17, 1875. His parents were Carter and Susan H. Jones.

Young Jones grew up in Lynchburg and there laid the foundation of his education in the public schools of the city. From Lynchburg he passed to Howard University for his preparatory and college work. When ready for his medical course, he matriculated at the School of Medicine of Howard University, where he won his M.D. degree in 1902. This simple narrative of his education by no means tells the whole story. After leaving the public school, he made his own way, first by hotel work, and later during vacations on the Fall River Line. His contact with a white friend of Lynchburg, who was a successful dentist, directed his attention to that profession, but later medicine made a stronger appeal and he pursued the medical course as indicated above. After his graduation he located at Charleston, W. Va., where he has since resided and practiced. In the 20 years he has been at Charleston he has seen many changes, most of which have been in the line of progress.

He has entered heartily into the business, social and professional life of his people at Charleston, and is one of the best known colored men of the city. He is identified with both the State and National Medical associations. He was at one time president of the State Association and has been secretary for fifteen years.

In politics Dr. Jones is a Republican, in religion a Baptist.

The year following his graduation, June 18, 1903, Dr. Jones was married to Miss Ottie M. Brooks, daughter of the distinguished Baptist divine of Washington, D. C., Rev. Walter H. Brooks, D. D. He has one daughter, Miss Helen E. Jones now (1922) a student at Dunbar High School, Washington. Mrs. Jones passed to her reward on November 7, 1921.

Dr. Jones was popular as a student and while at Howard was active in college athletics. In 1895 he was captain of the foot ball team.

Among the secret and fraternal orders, Dr. Jones is identified with the Masons, the Odd Fellows and the Pythians, for all of which he is local examiner. He is also medical examiner for the National Benefit Insurance Company of Washington and the Supreme Casualty Company. As a physician, Dr. Jones has had the opportunity to study conditions in an intimate sort of way and while he recognizes the advantages of education and the development of the economic life, he feels that the greatest need of all is a strengthening of the moral fiber of the race.

Dr. Jones has property interests and investments in both Charleston and Washington.


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