George Washington Jones (Texas politician)

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George Washington Jones
George Washington Jones (Texas Congressman).jpg
United States Congressman
Texas 5th Congressional District
In office
1879–1883
Preceded by Dewitt Clinton Giddings
Succeeded by James W. Throckmorton
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
1866–1867
Bastrop County Attorney
In office
1858–1860
Personal details
Born (1828-09-05)September 5, 1828
Marion County, Alabama
Died July 11, 1903(1903-07-11) (aged 74)
Bastrop, Texas
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Political party Greenback Democrat
Spouse(s) Laura Ann Mullins
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States Army
Service/branch Robert T. Allen’s
Seventeenth Texas Infantry
Rank Colonel

George Washington Jones (September 5, 1828 – July 11, 1903) was a Texas politician, a Lieutenant Governor of Texas and a Greenback member of the United States House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

George Washington Jones was born to William Dandridge Claiborne Jones and Rachel Burleson Jones on September 5, 1828 in Marion County, Alabama.[1]

Military service[edit]

Although a supporter of the Union, Jones served as a Colonel in the Confederate States Army, in Robert T. Allen’s Seventeenth Texas Infantry.[2]

Public service[edit]

From 1858 until 1860, Jones served as Bastrop County Attorney.[3] He was a delegate to the Texas state constitutional convention in 1866. Jones was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1866, with James W. Throckmorton as Governor. Both Jones and Throckmorton were removed from office in 1867 by General Philip Henry Sheridan for being obstructions to Reconstruction.[4] In 1879, he was elected as United States Congressman for the Texas 5th Congressional District.

Personal life and death[edit]

On August 1, 1855, he married Laura Ann Mullins in Bastrop. Jones died on July 11, 1903.[5] Laura Jones died on August 31, 1903.[6] They are both interred the Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Washington Jones genealogy". LDS Compact Disc #10 Pin #122475: LDS Family Search.org. 
  2. ^ "The 17th Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment". J.P. Blessington. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 89. ISBN 978-1-4196-7884-4. 
  4. ^ Cutrer, Thomas W: GW Jones from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2 July 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  5. ^ "Grave of George Washington Jones". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Grave of Laura Jones". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Fletcher Stockdale
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
1866–1867
Succeeded by
James W. Flanagan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
De Witt C. Giddings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th congressional district

1879–1883
Succeeded by
James W. Throckmorton