Born in Barre, Massachusetts, Jenkins located in Washington County, New York, in 1817. He pursued an academic course. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Oneida Castle, New York. He moved to Vernon, New York, in 1832. He was attorney for the Oneida Indians in their dealings with the State of New York 1838-1845. He served as district attorney for Oneida County 1840-1845.
Jenkins was elected to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853). He served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-second Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856 and was thereafter a Republican. He died in Martinsburg, New York, December 24, 1859. He was interred in the City Cemetery, Oneida Castle, New York.
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