Jacob Allen Ross (Washington County)

State House: 1871

Born: c. 1848 in Kentucky

Minister and attorney. Lost an arm while serving in the war or in a fight, depending on the source. Listed on the 1870 census in Greenville, occupation "U.S. Marshal," with real estate valued at $18,000. According to newspaper articles from August 1875, he and William Gray were involved in a violent shooting incident in Greenville. Ross eventually left Mississippi and returned to Kentucky, where he was active in the Democratic party. In April of 1899, Ross was sentenced to the state penitentiary for five months for collecting a fraudulent pension fee.

C. C. Shackleford's testimony about Ross and the 1875 incident


Signature of Jacob Allen Ross from an 1873 letter to Governor Ames