Charles A. Jonas

Charles Andrew Jonas ( born August 14, 1876 at Lincolnton, Lincoln County, North Carolina, † May 25, 1955 in Charlotte, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1929 and 1931 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Jonas was the father of Congressman Charles R. Jonas ( 1904-1988 ). He attended the common schools and the Ridge Academy and the Fallston Institute. Then he studied until 1902 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Between 1902 and 1906 he worked as a teacher. After studying law and his 1906 was admitted to the bar, he began practicing in this profession in Lincolnton. Between 1907 and 1910, Jonas was postmaster in this city; besides, he was out there a newspaper he founded. From 1908 to 1912 he also served as a legal representative of the city of Lincolnton.

Politically, Jonas member of the Republican Party. Between 1915 and 1919 he sat in the Senate of North Carolina. In the years 1916, 1932 and 1936 he was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions. From 1917 to 1947 he was curator of the University of North Carolina. In 1918 he ran unsuccessfully for Congress yet. In the years 1921-1925 he was Deputy Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. From 1927 to 1929 and again from 1935 to 1937 he was a member of the House of Representatives of his State. He also was a member of the Republican National Committee.

In the congressional elections of 1928, Jonas was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Alfred L. Bulwinkle on March 4, 1929. Since he lost in 1930 against Bulwinkle, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1931. In 1932, Congress failed another candidacy. Between 1931 and 1932 he was a federal prosecutor for the western region of North Carolina. Otherwise, he worked as a lawyer. In 1938, Charles Jonas ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate. 1942 was another Congress candidate equally unsuccessful. He died on 25 May 1955 in a nursing home in Charlotte and was buried in Lincolnton.