Samuel Jones (New York comptroller)

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Samuel Jones

Samuel Jones (July 26, 1734 in Oyster Bay, now Nassau County, New York – November 21, 1819) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life[edit]

He was the son of William Jones (1708–1779) and Phoebe (Jackson) Jones (1715–1800).

He was a member from Queens County of the New York State Assembly from 1786 to 1790. He was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1788, but did not attend the session. He was Recorder of New York City from 1789 to 1797. He was a member of the New York State Senate from 1791 to 1799.

During the New York-Massachusetts boundary dispute of 1784-1786, Jones traveled to Boston such as to obtain materials that would support New York's claims.[1]

On February 17, 1797, the office of New York State Comptroller was created by the New York State Legislature to succeed to the State Auditor. On March 15, Jones was appointed by the Council of Appointment the first holder of the office, serving until 1800.

He married Cornelia Haring, and their son was Chancellor Samuel Jones.

Recorder Thomas Jones was Comptroller Jones's first cousin.

Great Jones Street in New York City's NoHo district was named after Samuel Jones.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Edward P. A Revolutionary Conservative: James Duane of New York. New York: Columbia University Press, 1938, p. 173.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Varick
Recorder of New York City
1789–1797
Succeeded by
James Kent
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter T. Curtenius
as Auditor
New York State Comptroller
1797–1800
Succeeded by
John Vernon Henry