Joel Jones (mayor)
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 the 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. In 1860, he died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Reports of a Commission to Revise the Civil Code of Pennsylvania
- A Manual of Pennsylvania Land Law
- Notes on Scripture, or Jesus and the Coming Glory (Philadelphia, 1860; new ed., 1865)
- Outlines of a History of the Court of Rome, and of the Temporal Power of the Popes, translated from the French, with original notes
- 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.
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