Calvin Jones (physician)

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Calvin Jones
Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina
In office
Eleventh Grand Master of Masons of North Carolina
In office
Preceded by John Louis Taylor
Succeeded by John Adams Cameron
Personal details
Born April 2, 1775
Died September 20, 1846

Calvin Jones (April 2, 1775 – September 20, 1846) was a North Carolina physician and was among the group of founders of the North Carolina Medical Society.[2] He served from 1802 to 1832 as a trustee of the University of North Carolina.[2] Jones was also elected to the North Carolina House of Commons (from Johnston County in 1799 and 1802, and from Wake County in 1807)[3] and as the Mayor (then called Intendant of Police) of Raleigh, North Carolina[2] (1807–1809).[4]

Jones served as adjutant general of the state militia during the period of the War of 1812[2] and claimed to know Andrew Jackson and Jackson's wife "very well personally" in a letter he wrote to a cousin in 1828.[5]

In 1817 and 1819 he was Grand Master of Masons in North Carolina.[2]

A highway in the Wake Forest area, the N.C. 98 Bypass, was renamed in his honor in 2010.[6][7]

Calvin Jones House[edit]

The 615-acre (2.49 km2) plantation he owned, Wake Forest (or Forest of Wake) was his family plantation and he was post master of the small village that soon surrounded his land. The property was purchased by the North Carolina Baptist Convention in 1832[2] and became the first home of Wake Forest College.[8] The main dwelling on the site, built circa 1820, is now a museum for the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society.[9] Wake Forest was part of an envisioned network of plantations across the South, including his second farm in Bolivar, Tennessee, named "Pontine", supposedly for the Pontine Marshes near Rome, or perhaps, for the pons network of the brain, representing his idea of network of plantations. The museum is known as Calvin Jones House, and features exhibits about the history of Wake Forest College and the town of Wake Forest, including the Wake Forest College Sports Hall of Fame. The Society also maintains historic archives about the college and town that are available to researchers by appointment.

Of the known portraits of Jones, one is held at the Historical House and the other is in Dallas with his descendants.


  1. ^ "Officers of the Grand Lodge, A.F. & A.M. of North Carolina, the first 100 years". Raleigh, North Carolina, USA: Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Powell, William S., ed. (1988). Dictionary of North Carolina Biography. 3. University of North Carolina Press. ASIN B000O7UO8W. 
  3. ^ NC Manual of 1913
  4. ^ "Introducing Calvin Jones, overachiever." Wake Forest Gazette. 29 Jan. 2010
  5. ^ "Birthplace buys early Jones letter". Wake Forest Gazette. Carol Pelosi. 5 (41). 2007-10-27. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  6. ^ Wake Forest Gazette: A collection of town news
  7. ^ Wake Forest Gazette: Dr. Calvin Jones gave Wake Forest its name
  8. ^ "History". Town of Wake Forest, North Carolina. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Calvin Jones Historical House". Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 

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