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Jones, John R.

Senate 1857-58 (District 9)

Party when first elected:  Democratic

Counties Served:  Fillmore


Date of Birth: 5/18/1828
Birth Place: Ohio
Birth County: Champaign
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 6/26/1900
Gender: Male
Religion: Episcopalian
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
City of Residence (when first elected): Chatfield
Occupation (when first elected): Lawyer


Read Law; Read law with George W. Green in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin


County Attorney: Fillmore County, Minnesota (Prosecuting Attorney); ? to 1857
Military: 2nd Minnesota Cavalry (Private, when first enlisted; Major, when mustered out); 1862 to 1865


Spouse: Miss A. D. Crawford (married in 1849)
Children: Two children
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


His party affiliation was provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries.

He moved from Ohio to Indiana with his family when he was about ten years old; he moved to Beaver Dam, Wisconsin in 1842. (History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, 1912)

"He was one of the pioneers of this county, located in Chatfield in 1854, built the third shanty here and hung out the first shingle in this part of the state." (History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, 1912)

In 1855 and '56, in company with S. T. Dicson, he built a flouring mill, which is not owned by the latter." ((History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, 1912)

"He is a member of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Minneapolis, there being none of that denomination in this place. [Fillmore County]" (History of Fillmore County, Minnesota, 1912)

He died in Chatfield, Minnesota.

Total Days Served: 735


1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 09
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Chatfield
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Fillmore
Occupation: Lawyer
Party: Democratic Party Notes: His party affiliation was provided by Minnesota in Three Centuries.
  • Education and Sciences
  • Judiciary
  • State Prison (Chair)
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
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