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JONES, John Winston

JONES, John Winston
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JONES, John Winston, a Representative from Virginia; born near Amelia Court House, Amelia County, Va., November 22, 1791; attended private schools; was graduated from the law department of the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1813; was admitted to the bar the same year and commenced practice in Chesterfield County, Va.; prosecuting attorney for the fifth Virginia circuit in 1818; member of the State constitutional convention in 1829 and 1830; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1845); chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Twenty-sixth Congress); Speaker of the House of Representatives (Twenty-eighth Congress); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates in 1846 and served as speaker; reelected in 1847 but resigned on account of ill health; died at his residence, "Dellwood," in Chesterfield County, Virginia, January 29, 1848; interment in the family cemetery on his estate, "Dellwood," northwest of Petersburg, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 2 letters in Martin Van Buren papers.

Library of Virginia

Richmond, VA
Papers: In the papers of E. Griffith Dodson, 1923-1962, 13.15 cubic feet. Collection includes a large amount of information on John Winston Jones in the Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates series.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: 1815-1823. Account book (324 pages).
Papers: 2 letters in Nash family papers.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Jones, John Winston. Speech of Mr. Jones, of Virginia, on the Bill Making Appropriations for the Civil and Diplomatic Expenses of the Government for the Year 1840. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1840.

---. Speech of Mr. Jones, of Virginia, on the Bill to Authorize the Issuing of Treasury Notes to Meet the Current Expenses of the Government. N.p., 1838.

---. Speech of Mr. Jones, of Virginia, on the Bill to Postpone the Fourth Installment of Deposite [sic] with the States. Washington, D.C.: Blair and Rives, 1837.

---. Speech of Mr. Jones of Virginia, on the loan bill: Delivered in the House of Representatives, July 12, 1841. Washington: Printed by Blair and Rives, 1841.

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Committee Assignments

  • House Committee - Ways and Means - Chair
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