John Winston Jones

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John Winston Jones
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22nd Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 4, 1847 – December 6, 1847
Governor William Smith
Preceded by William Goode
Succeeded by James F. Strother
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Chesterfield County
In office
December 7, 1846 – December 17, 1847
Preceded by William Winfree
Succeeded by Alexander Jones
20th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 4, 1843 – March 4, 1845
President John Tyler
Preceded by John White
Succeeded by John W. Davis
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Preceded by William S. Archer
Succeeded by Walter Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1845
Preceded by Walter Coles
Succeeded by James Seddon
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded by Churchill C. Cambreleng
Succeeded by Millard Fillmore
Personal details
Born November 22, 1791
Amelia County, Virginia
Died January 29, 1848 (aged 56)
Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic-Republican
Other political
affiliations
Democratic
Spouse(s) Harriet Boisseau
Children Mary Winston Jones
James Boisseau Jones
Alexander Jones
Alma mater The College of William & Mary
Profession Lawyer

John Winston Jones (November 22, 1791 – January 29, 1848) was an American politician and lawyer.

Biography[edit]

Born 22 November 1791 in Amelia County, Virginia, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1813. He practiced law in Chesterfield County, Virginia before being appointed Prosecuting Attorney for Virginia's 5th Judicial Circuit in 1818. He was a delegate to the state constitutional convention 1829 - 1830.

Jones was elected as a Democratic Congressman from Virginia and served from 1835 to 1845. He was the Speaker of the House between 1843 and 1845. He then returned to his native Virginia to serve as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1847.

Jones was elected to a second state House term in November, but did not attend the session due to illness. He resigned his seat on December 17, and was succeeded by his son, Alexander. Jones died 29 January 1848 at his "Dellwood" plantation northwest of Petersburg, Virginia, and is buried there.

John Winston Jones is also related to the photographer O. Winston Link.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1835; Jones was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 68.09% of the vote, defeating Whig William Segar Archer.
  • 1837; Jones was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1839; Jones was re-elected with 58.51% of the vote, defeating a Whig identified only as Taylor.
  • 1841; Jones was re-elected with 69.47% of the vote, defeating Independents Junius E. Leigh and Thomas Miller.
  • 1843; Jones was re-elected unopposed.

References[edit]

  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John White
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
John Wesley Davis
Preceded by
William O. Goode
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
1847
Succeeded by
James F. Strother
Preceded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
New York
Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
1839 – 1841
Succeeded by
Millard Fillmore
New York
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Archer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1835 – 1843
Succeeded by
Walter Coles
Preceded by
Walter Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

1843 – 1845
Succeeded by
James Seddon