Wesley Livsey Jones

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Wesley Livsey Jones
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United States Senator
from Washington
In office
March 4, 1909 – November 19, 1932
Preceded by Levi Ankeny
Succeeded by Elijah S. Grammer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1909
Preceded by William Carey Jones
Succeeded by Seat eliminated
Personal details
Born (1863-10-09)October 9, 1863
Bethany, Illinois
Died November 19, 1932(1932-11-19) (aged 69)
Seattle, Washington
Political party Republican

Wesley Livsey Jones (October 9, 1863 – November 19, 1932) was an American politician. Jones was born near Bethany, Illinois, and attended Southern Illinois College in Enfield, Illinois. Jones started a law practice in Decatur, Illinois, and later relocated to North Yakima, Washington.

Jones served in the House of Representatives from 1899 to 1909 and as a Republican United States Senator from Washington from 1909 until his death in 1932. He served as the Senate majority whip between 1924 and 1929. He was a successful advocate for federal investment in the Pacific Northwest, securing funding for several irrigation projects and funding for the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton, Washington. In 1920 he sponsored and secured passage of the Jones Merchant Marine Act, which stipulated that only American ships could carry cargo between American ports, thereby making Alaska dependent on Seattle-based shipping. Jones was a vocal proponent of prohibition throughout his political career, a stance that initially aided his popularity but eventually contributed to his electoral defeat in 1932.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Washington's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
James W. Bryan
United States Senate
Preceded by
Levi Ankeny
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Washington
Served alongside: Samuel H. Piles, Miles Poindexter, Clarence Dill
Succeeded by
Elijah S. Grammer
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Curtis
United States Senate Majority Whip
Succeeded by
Simeon D. Fess