Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress


JONES, Ben, a Representative from Georgia; born in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C., August 30, 1941; graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Portsmouth, Va., 1959; attended the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1961-1964; professional entertainer; unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundredth Congress in 1986; elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred First and to the succeeding Congress (January 3, 1989-January 3, 1993); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Third Congress in 1992; unsuccessful candidate for election to the One Hundred Eighth Congress in Virginia in 2002.

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

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External Research Collections

University of Georgia Libraries
Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies

Athens, GA
Papers: 78 cubic feet. The collection consists of papers of Ben Jones documenting his service in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1988-1992. The papers are not currently open for research.

University of North Carolina Libraries
Southern Historical Collection

Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In the Perry Deane Young Papers, 1954-2004, 15.5 linear feet. Persons represented include Ben Jones. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication

Norman, OK
Videocassettes: 1990-1992, 6 commercials on 2 videocassettes. The commercials were used during Ben Jones's campaigns for the 1990 and 1992 U.S. congressional elections in Districts 4 and 10 of Georgia, Democratic Party.

University of West Georgia
Ingram Library, Georgia's Political Heritage Program

Carrollton, GA
Oral History: 1989, 2 video tapes. The collection includes an interview with Ben Jones on December 11, 1989. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Jones, Ben. Redneck Boy in the Promised Land: The Confessions of "Crazy Cooter." Easton, PA: Harmony Press, 2008.

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