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From the book entitled: Official and Statistical Register of the State of Mississippi
By Mississippi. Dept. of Archives and History, Dunbar Rowland
Publisher: Democrat Publishing Company (1917)

John Sivley Rhodes  of Jackson, Representative from Hinds County, was born In that County, at Oakley,, December 9, 1888. His father John Henry Rhodes, was a prominent physician of this State. He was born at Brandon, Rankin County, Mississippi. His parents were Samuel Decatur Rhodes and Jane Ormand Rhodes of Brandon and Pelahatchie. Mississippi. Dr. Rhodes later lived at Learned and at Jackson. He practised as a physician and surgeon in Jackson from 1891 to 1905, and was President of a Sanatorium in that City. He was at one time a health officer of the State of Mississippi, a member of the State Board of Health, and President of the Mississippi Corn and Cotton Carnival. His father was a native of North Carolina, ami his mother a native of South Carolina. The maiden name of John Slvley Rhodes' mother was Ella Slvley, daughter of Willinm Rufus Siveley and Leila Josephine (Stokes) Sivley. of Oakley and Jackson, Mississippi. Mr. Sivley was a Virginian by birth, and his wife was a native of Alabama. Mr. Rhodes is one of our most thoroughly educated young legislators. He was graduated from the public Schools of Jackson In 1904, attended Millsaps College during the year 1904-05, and the University of Mississippi from 1905 to 1909. In 1909 he was graduated from that institution with the degree of b: A. He was one of the most popular members of his class and took part in many college activities. He was President of his class. President of the Hermaean Literary Society, Senior debater, manager of the glee club and tennis club, and commencement orator of the Law Department, from which he secured his LL. b: degree in 1910. He began the practice of his profession at Oxford, Mississippi. July 1. 1910. as a member of the firm of James Stone & Son. July 15, 1913. he removed to Jackson, where he has enjoyed a constantly increasing practice. He was elected to serve In the State Legislature from 1916 to 1920. where he has already demonstrated unusual ability in his work on the following committees: Judiciary; Ways and Means; Eleomosynary Institutions: Municipalities; Military Affairs, of which he is chairman. Mr. Rhodes belongs to the Democratic Party, and is a member of the Methodist Church. On June 2, 1917. he was married to Virginia Lee McCray of Flora, Miss. Mrs. Rhodes is the daughter of William J. and Floy McCray.

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