Henry Craig Jones held degrees from Cornell College and Harvard Law. He taught law at George Washington University from 1912 until 1914, when he became dean at West Virginia University. He was dean at University of Illinois from 1921 to 1922, before moving to University of Iowa College of Law.
He served as dean at Iowa from 1922 to 1929. As dean, he emphasized the importance of clinical instruction and practical legal training. He also inaugurated the law school's annual Supreme Court Day. He died in 1929.