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John Winston Jones
John Winston Jones
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16th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

December 4, 1843 - March 4, 1845
John White
John W. Davis
Leader of the House Democratic Caucus

December 4, 1843 - March 4, 1845
James K. Polk
Howell Cobb
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia

March 4, 1835 - March 3, 1845
William S. Archer (3rd)
Walter Coles (6th)
Walter Coles (3rd)
James Seddon (6th)
Constituency3rd district (1835-43)
6th district (1843-45)
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee

March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Churchill C. Cambreleng
Millard Fillmore
22nd Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates

January 4, 1847 - December 6, 1847
GovernorWilliam Smith
William Goode
James F. Strother
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Chesterfield County

December 7, 1846 – December 17, 1847
William Winfree
Alexander Jones
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1791
Amelia County, Virginia
DiedJanuary 29, 1848 (aged 56)
Petersburg, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
affiliations
Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s)Harriet Boisseau
ChildrenMary Winston Jones
James Boisseau Jones
Alexander Jones
Alma materThe College of William & Mary
ProfessionLawyer

John Winston Jones (November 22, 1791 - January 29, 1848) was an American politician and lawyer. He served five terms in the United States House of Representatives from 1835 to 1845. He served as Speaker of the House in both the U.S. House of Representatives (1843-1845) and the Virginia House of Delegates (1847).

Early life and career

Born November 22, 1791 in Amelia County, Virginia, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1813. He practiced law in Chesterfield County, Virginia before being appointed Prosecuting Attorney for Virginia's 5th Judicial Circuit in 1818. He was a delegate to the 1829-30 state constitutional convention.

Tenure in Congress

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1835 and served five terms. As he rose through the ranks of the House, he became chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, replacing future president Millard Fillmore, and House Democratic Leader, succeeding future president James K. Polk.

He was elected to serve as Speaker of the House during the 28th Congress, which convened in 1843 and adjourned in 1845.

Jones declined nomination for a sixth term in Congress and returned to Virginia in 1845.

Career after Congress

Upon his retirement from Congress, he returned to the practice of law in Virginia. Among his more prominent cases, he served as lead counsel for Thomas Ritchie, Jr., who in 1846 faced trial for his involvement in the infamous duel in which John Hampden Pleasants was fatally wounded. Ritchie won acquittal on the grounds of self-defense.[1]

That same year, Jones was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and in 1847 was chosen as Speaker. He was elected to a second term in 1847, but did not attend the session due to illness. He resigned his seat on December 17.

Private life

Jones married Harriet Boisseau in 1815 and together they had three children: Mary Winston, James Boisseau and Alexander. His son-in-law was George W.B. Towns, who was a U.S. Representative and also served as governor of Georgia from 1947 to 1951.[2] For a time, Towns and Jones served concurrently in the U.S. House. Jones is also an ancestor of early 20th century photographer O. Winston Link.

Jones died on January 29, 1848. He is buried in the family cemetery at his Dellwood Plantation northwest of Petersburg, Virginia.

Electoral history

  • 1835; Jones was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 68.09% of the vote, defeating Whig William Segar Archer.
  • 1837; Jones was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1839; Jones was re-elected with 58.51% of the vote, defeating a Whig identified only as Taylor.
  • 1841; Jones was re-elected with 69.47% of the vote, defeating Independents Junius E. Leigh and Thomas Miller.
  • 1843; Jones was re-elected unopposed.

References

  1. ^ "Biography of Virginia House Speaker J.W. Jones".
  2. ^ "Biographies of Virginia House Speaker J.W. Jones".
  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.

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