Jones, of Welsh origin, was born in Tunbridge Wells in Kent in 1790, where his father was a solicitor, and died at Haileybury, Hertfordshire on 26 January 1855. He was of poor health as a Child, and because of this it was decided that he should not follow his father into legal practice. At relatively advanced age he was sent to Cambridge, entering Gonville and Caius College in 1812 to Read mathematics; he was Senior wrangler. At Cambridge, he easily moved in the same circles as Charles babbage, John Herschel, and his close friend William whewell. Jones finished his studies in 1816 and entered into the offices of the church, where he served as a vicar at various places in Sussex. His affiliation with the Church of England cannot be separated from his political conservatism and his strong belief in the providential order of nature. Jones shared these political and religious convictions with Whewell, and they were important motive forces for both men's strong resistance to the political radicalism and religious agnosticism of the Benthamites and Ricardians.
From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.