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James Kimbrough Jones (September 29, 1839 – June 1, 1908) was a Confederate Army veteran, plantation owner, lawyer, US Congressional Representative, United States Senator and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from Arkansas.

James Jones
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Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus
In office
December 1899 – March 4, 1903
Preceded byDavid Turpie
Succeeded byArthur Pue Gorman
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
In office
Preceded byWilliam F. Harrity
Succeeded byThomas Taggart
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 4, 1903
Preceded byJames D. Walker
Succeeded byJames Paul Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1881 – February 19, 1885
Preceded byWilliam F. Slemons
Succeeded byClifton R. Breckinridge
Personal details
James Kimbrough Jones

(1839-09-29)September 29, 1839
Marshall County, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedJune 1, 1908(1908-06-01) (aged 68)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
Unit3rd Arkansas Cavalry[1]
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born in Marshall County, Mississippi, Jones moved with his father to Dallas County, Arkansas in 1848. He pursued classical studies under a private tutor; he would later study law and was, in 1874, admitted to the bar, practicing in Washington, Arkansas.[2]

During the American Civil War, Jones served in the Confederate States Army|Confederate Army, and returned to his Arkansas plantation afterward. From 1873 to 1879, he was a member of the Arkansas State Senate, and was president of that body from 1877 to 1879. In 1896 and 1900, he was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.[2]

Mary Jones, daughter of James Kimbrough Jones

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885); he was re-elected to the Forty-ninth but tendered his resignation on February 19, 1885, having been elected to the United States Senate that year. Jones was reelected in 1891 and 1897 and served from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1903, unsuccessfully seeking reelection in 1902. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-fifth Congress.)[2]

After his Congressional service, Jones resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died; he was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "James Kimbrough Jones". Butler Center for Arkansas Studies. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Jones, James Kimbrough". United States Congress. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  3. ^ "James Kimbrough Jones". Find A Grave. Retrieved 28 September 2018.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William F. Slemons
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Clifton R. Breckinridge
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
James D. Walker
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Augustus Garland, James Berry
Succeeded by
James Paul Clarke
Preceded by
Henry L. Dawes
Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
Richard F. Pettigrew
Preceded by
Nelson W. Aldrich
Chair of the Senate District of Columbia Corporations Committee
Succeeded by
John W. Daniel
Preceded by
Isham G. Harris
Chair of the Senate Private Land Claims Committee
Succeeded by
Henry M. Teller
Party political offices
Preceded by
William F. Harrity
Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Succeeded by
Thomas Taggart
Preceded by
David Turpie
Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus
Succeeded by
Arthur Pue Gorman