Edward F. Jones
|Edward Franc Jones|
Edward F. Jones. Trade card circa 1888.
June 3, 1828|
Utica, Oneida County, New York
|Died||August 14, 1913
Binghamton, Broome County, New York
|Place of burial||Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts|
|Allegiance||United States of America
|Service/branch||United States Army
Brevet Brigadier General
|Commands held||6th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
26th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
In 1854 he joined the militia as a Lieutenant. In 1861 he joined the 6th Massachusetts Infantry as a Major, and he was soon named commander with the rank of Colonel. He led the organization on its famed march through Baltimore and defense of Washington, D.C. at the start of the American Civil War.
Jones later recruited 26th Massachusetts Infantry, which he commanded. On February 24, 1866, President Andrew Johnson nominated Jones for the grade of brevet brigadier general, United States Volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, for meritorious services during the war. The U.S. Senate confirmed the award on April 10, 1866.
In 1862, he married Susan Annie Brown, from Boston. In 1865 he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Soon afterwards, he relocated to Binghamton, New York, where he opened a scale manufacturing plant. He became widely known as "Jones of Binghamton" for his new means of advertising, creating the slogan "Jones pays the freight" or "Jones, he pays the freight", to communicate that, unlike his competitors, he would not charge anything for the delivery of his scales to the buyer.
Jones served as Binghamton's Police Commissioner, was a Regent of the University of the State of New York, served as President of the State Board of Equalization, and a was a board member of numerous colleges and charities.
In 1905, he published the novel Richard Baxter: A Story of New England Life of 1830 to 1840.
Jones continued to operate his business until he lost his sight at the age of 79, after which his scale works was operated by his son.
- List of American Civil War generals
- List of Massachusetts generals in the American Civil War
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