JONES, Wesley Livsey

1863–1932

Biography

JONES, Wesley Livsey, a Representative and a Senator from Washington; born near Bethany, Moultrie County, Ill., October 9, 1863; attended the common schools; taught school; graduated from Southern Illinois College at Enfield in 1885; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in Decatur, Ill.; moved to North Yakima, Wash., in 1889, and continued the practice of his profession; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-sixth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1909); did not seek renomination in 1908, having become a candidate for Senator; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1909; reelected in 1914, 1920, and 1926, and served from March 4, 1909, until his death on November 19, 1932; was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932; Republican whip 1924-1929; chairman, Committee on Industrial Expositions (Sixty-first Congress), Committee on Fisheries (Sixty-second Congress), Committee on Disposition of Useless Executive Papers (Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses), Committee to Investigate Trespassers Upon Indian Land (Sixty-fifth Congress), Committee on Commerce (Sixty-sixth through Seventy-first Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses); died in Seattle, Wash., November 19, 1932; remains were cremated and the ashes placed in the Bonney-Watson Mortuary, Seattle, Wash.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Herbert Hoover Library

West Branch, IA
Papers: 1921-1928. 5 folders.

University of Washington Libraries
Manuscripts and University Archives

Seattle, WA
Papers: 1896-1932. 147 feet. Personal and political correspondence, speeches, writings, subject files, newspaper clippings, and other papers, chiefly relating to his congressional career and Republican party activities. Finding aid.
Additional Papers: In Seattle Audubon Society records, 1909-1987; Walter B. Beals papers, 1916-1951; Mark Allison Matthews papers, 1884-1948; and Edwin Gardner Ames papers, 1887-1931. Finding aid.

Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma, WA
Papers: 30 letters.

Washington State University

Pullman, WA
Papers: Miscellaneous items in various collections including correspondence in Osmar Lysander Waller papers, 1897-1935.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Forth, William Stuart. "Wesley L. Jones: A Political Biography." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Washington, 1962.

U.S. Congress. House. Memorial Services Held in the House of Representatives of the United States, Together with Remarks Presented in Eulogy of Wesley L. Jones, Late a Senator from Washington. 72d Cong., 2d sess., 1932-1933. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1933.

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