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JONES, William

1760–1831

Biography

JONES, William, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1760; completed academic studies; served in the Revolutionary War, joining a company of volunteers at the age of sixteen; moved to Charleston, S.C.; returned to Pennsylvania; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); appointed Secretary of the Navy in the Cabinet of President Madison and served from January 12, 1813, to December 2, 1814; president of the Bank of the United States 1816-1819; collector of customs in Philadelphia, Pa., 1827-1829; died in Bethlehem, Pa., September 6, 1831; interment in St. Peter's Churchyard, Philadelphia, Pa.

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

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 5 letters.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1792-1839, 1,000 items. Collection described in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, v. 66 (1942).
Papers: In Jones and Clarke records, 1784-1816, ca. 500 items. Collection contains correspondence and business papers of shipping firm in which Jones was a partner.
Papers: In Uselma C. Smith papers, 1768-1890. 500 items. Collection includes papers gathered for a biography of Jones and letters concerning his service as Secretary of the Navy and collector of the Port of Philadelphia.
Papers: In the papers of Joshua Barney, 1782-1818, 150 items. Persons represented include William Jones.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 1816, undated; 2 items.
Papers: 1813-1815, 1 reel of microfilm. Collection contains correspondence between Jones and Alexander J. Dallas. Originals in Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Papers: In the letterbook of John H. Dent, 1813-1814, 1 volume. Correspondents include William Jones.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Corrigan, M. Saint Pierre. "William Jones of the Second Bank of the United States: A Reappraisal." Ph.D. diss., University of St. Louis, 1966.

Jones, William. Memorial of William Jones, late President of the Bank of the United States. Washington: Printed by E. De Kraft, 1819.

---. Reflections upon the perils and difficulties of the winter navigation of the Delaware. Means by which these may be meliorated. Plans for the relief of vessels entangled in the ice. Improvement of the existing ice-harbours, and for the construction of intermediate harbours [sic] parallel to the direction of the stream and shore, in order that the force of the ebb and flow alternatley [sic] sweeping over the same ground, may prevent the deposition of alluvion, and preserve their primitive depth. Philadelphia: Published by order of the Chamber of Commerce, 1822.

---. Remarks on the Proposed Breakwater at Cape Henlopen. Philadelphia: Printed by Order of the Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia, 1828

Paullin, Charles Oscar. Naval administration under Secretaries of the Navy Smith, Hamilton and Jones, 1801-1814 . [Annapolis, Md.: U.S. Naval Institute, 1906].

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