Joel Jones (mayor)

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Joel Jones
Auguste Edouart, Judge Joel Jones, 1842.jpg
Auguste Edouart, Judge Joel Jones, 1842
Born (1795-10-26)October 26, 1795
Coventry, Connecticut
Died February 3, 1860(1860-02-03) (aged 64)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Lawyer, judge, and mayor of Philadelphia

Joel Jones (October 26, 1795 – February 3, 1860) was an American lawyer, jurist, and mayor of Philadelphia.


He was born in Coventry, Connecticut, the oldest of nine children. At age fifteen he went to Hebron, Connecticut, and engaged in business with his uncle. After graduating at Yale University with high honor in 1817, he commenced the study of law with Judge William Bristol of New Haven, Connecticut, and afterward finished at Tapping Reeve's Litchfield Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut. After completion of his studies, he resided for a short time in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, whence he removed, in 1822, to Easton, Pennsylvania, where he practiced law for many years. In 1830 he was appointed by Governor George Wolf one of three commissioners to revise the civil code of Pennsylvania.

In 1834 he removed to Philadelphia, where he became associate judge in 1835, and afterward presiding judge of the Philadelphia district court. He was the first president of Girard College in 1847-1849. In 1849 he was elected mayor of Philadelphia. He took an active interest in theological speculations and inquiries, and was an earnest advocate of a literal interpretation of those scriptures which predict the second coming of Christ. He also edited several English works on prophecy.

On June 14, 1831, he married Eliza P. Sparhawk in Philadelphia, with whom he had six children.[citation needed] One of the sons was Rev. John Sparhawk Jones, whose daughter Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones was an artist.[1]

In 1860, Joel Jones died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.




  1. ^ Ruth Gurin Bowman (April 26, 1964). "Oral history interview with Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones, 1964 Apr. 26". Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 


  • Selden J. Coffin, The Men of Lafayette, 1826-1893: Lafayette College, Its History, Its Men, Their Record, 1891, Easton, Pennsylvania.
  • C.W.S., "Memoir", introductory to Jones's Notes on Scripture, 1860.
  •  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.James Grant Wilson; John Fiske (1898). Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography: Pickering-Sumter. D. Appleton. p. 189. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
John Swift
Mayor of Philadelphia
Succeeded by
Charles Gilpin