Edward Jones (statistician)

Edward Davis Jones (October 7, 1856 – February 16, 1920)[2] was a U.S. statistician and journalist.[3] Jones is best known as the "Jones" in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and as a co-founder of The Wall Street Journal.

Edward Davis Jones
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Born(1856-10-07)October 7, 1856
DiedFebruary 16, 1920(1920-02-16) (aged 63)
Resting placeHope Cemetery Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.
Occupation(s)Statistician, Journalist
SpouseJanet C. Conkling Jones[1]

Early lifeEdit

Edward Davis Jones was born on October 7, 1856 in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jones' parents, reverend John Jones and Clarissa (née Day) Jones, were of Welsh descent.[4] Jones graduated from Worcester Academy and attended Brown University before dropping out in his junior year.[5][6] After leaving Brown, Jones worked as a reporter for the Providence Morning Star and Evening Press, where he met Charles Dow.

Dow JonesEdit

The company which is famous for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, The Wall Street Journal was founded by Jones and Charles Dow in 1882[7] "in the basement of the New York Stock Exchange";[8][9] Charles Bergstresser was a silent partner.

Jones had met Dow while both had worked as fellow reporters in Providence, Rhode Island.[10]


Edward Jones' parents were John D. E. & Clarissa Ann (Day) Jones. He and his wife Janet had one child, "a son named Arthur Conklin Jones (1884–1941)."[11]


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  1. ^ Find A Grave. Retrieved 16 March 2020
  2. ^ Brown Alumni Monthly, Vol. XX, March 1920. Retrieved 10 February 2014
  3. ^ Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Retrieved 16 March 2020
  4. ^ Conley, Patrick T. (2019). The Leaders of Rhode Island's Golden Age. Charleston, SC: The History Press. p. 81. OCLC 1119106956.
  5. ^ Aaron Donovan (March 31, 2002). "Kindness Repaid, 80 Years Later". The New York Times.
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Jerry Martin (1982). Inside the Wall Street Journal: The History and the Power of Dow Jones & Company and America's Most Influential Newspaper. Macmillan. ISBN 978-0-02-604860-6.
  7. ^ Jennifer Oldham (March 30, 1999). "A History of the Dow". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Alex S. Jones (January 20, 1984). "Dow Jones insures family control". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Julius Westheimer (March 21, 1997). "With blue chips for 101 years, Dow Jones is key market index". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ "Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame".
  11. ^ "Edward Davis Jones". Find a Grave.

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