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Jones, John Percival

in American National Biography Online


Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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U.S. senator, was born at Herefordshire, England, the son of Thomas Jones, a farmer and laborer, and Mary Pugh. Shortly after his birth, Jones’s Welsh parents immigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended the city’s public schools and also received private tutoring. Jones worked for a time in a marble yard. Succumbing to the pioneer spirit of adventure, he journeyed in 1849 to California. There he engaged in farming and mining, served as sheriff and justice of the peace, represented Trinity County in the state senate from 1863 to 1867, and tried unsuccessfully to become lieutenant governor. In 1861 Jones married Hanna Cornelia Conger Greathouse, the daughter of Judge Thomas Conger of Sacramento. They had one child before her death later that decade.

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