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James JONES

(1772-1848)

JONES, James, a Representative from Virginia; born in Nottoway Parish, Amelia (now Nottoway) County, Va., on December 11, 1772; graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, Virginia, in 1791, and the Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.; was graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1796; returned to Amelia County, where he practiced medicine and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; member of the State house of delegates 1804-1809; privy councilor of Virginia from 1809 to 1811, when he resigned; served in the War of 1812 as director general of hospital and medical stores; member of the State house of delegates in 1818; unsuccessful candidate for election to the Fifteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Peterson Goodwin; elected as a Republican to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses (March 4, 1819-March 3, 1823); again a member of the State house of delegates 1827-1829; resumed agricultural pursuits; died at his home, “Mountain Hall,” near Nottoway, Nottoway County, Va., April 25, 1848; interment in the family burying ground on his estate.

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

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