James Jones (Georgia politician)

James Jones (died January 11, 1801) was an American politician and lawyer from the State of Georgia.[1]

James Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district
In office
March 4, 1799 – January 11, 1801
Preceded byAbraham Baldwin
Succeeded byJohn Milledge
Member of the
Georgia House of Representatives
In office
1797 - 1799
Personal details
James Jones

DiedWashington, D.C.
Resting placeCongressional Cemetery
Political partyFederalist Party

Early years and education


Jones moved with his uncle to Georgia in 1740. He studied law in Savannah, Georgia, and gained admission to the state bar and became a practicing attorney. In 1790, he also served as a first lieutenant in the Georgia Militia.

Political career


Elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1796, Jones was re-elected in 1798 but later resigned. While seeking re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives, Jones simultaneously ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives. In the election of 1798, Georgia used a statewide at-large method to elect two members to serve in the 6th Congress of the United States.[2] Jones received 4,264 votes (37.3%), ahead of the second-place finisher, Benjamin Taliaferro, who received 3,823 votes (33.4%).[2] Both Jones and Taliaferro ran as candidates on the Federalist Party ticket. The incumbent, Abraham Baldwin, running as a Democratic-Republican, came in a distant third with 3,135 votes (27.4%)[2] Jones resigned from the Georgia General Assembly and took his seat in Congress instead. In 1798, Jones also served on the state constitutional convention.

Death and legacy


Jones died while still serving in that position in 1801 and was buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Jones County, Georgia, was named in his honor.[3]

See also



  1. ^ James Jones, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
  2. ^ a b c "6th Congress: Georgia 1798". Mapping Early American Elections. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 170.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1799 – January 11, 1801
Succeeded by