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James Chamberlain JONES

Senate Years of Service:
1851-1855; 1855-1857
Whig; Opposition

JONES, James Chamberlain, a Senator from Tennessee; born near the line between Davidson and Wilson Counties, Tennessee, April 20, 1809; attended an old-field school; farmer; member, State house of representatives 1839; Governor of Tennessee 1841-1845; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1857; was not a candidate for reelection; retired to his farm near Memphis, Tenn., where he died October 29, 1859; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.


Dictionary of American Biography; Osborne, Ray G. “Political Career of James Chamberlain Jones, 1840-1857.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 7 (1948): 195-228, 322-34.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present