John Edward Jones (governor)

John Edward Jones (December 5, 1840 – April 10, 1896) was an American politician. He was the eighth Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Silver Party.

John E. Jones
8th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 7, 1895 – April 10, 1896
LieutenantReinhold Sadler
Preceded byRoswell K. Colcord
Succeeded byReinhold Sadler
Personal details
John Edward Jones

(1840-12-05)December 5, 1840
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
DiedApril 10, 1896(1896-04-10) (aged 55)
San Francisco, California U.S.
Resting placeLone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City
Political partySilver
Elizabeth Weyburn
(m. 1880)


Jones was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, and his family moved to Iowa in 1856. His early education was in the common schools of his native Wales. He graduated from the Iowa State University in 1865.[1] He married Elizabeth Weyburn on November 25, 1880, and they had two children, Edith and Arvin.[2]


As a young man, Jones worked as a miner, a farmer, and a teacher. In 1867, he worked on building the Union Pacific Railroad. Settling in Eureka, Nevada in 1869, he was involved in organizing the Nevada Militia in 1876 where he served as Major.[1]

Jones worked mining and agriculture until 1883, when he was appointed Deputy Internal Revenue Collector. From 1886 to 1894,[1][3] he was Surveyor-General of Nevada, serving two terms.

Jones resigned that post, in 1894 and ran for Governor of Nevada on the Silver Party ticket. He won the election and took office in 1895. During his tenure, irrigation programs were supported and the state's first public library was established in Reno, Nevada. Diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 1895, he took a leave of absence, leaving Lieutenant Governor Reinhold Sadler in his office. He traveled to San Francisco, California to try to heal.[3]


Jones, losing his battle with cancer, died while still holding office on April 10, 1896, in San Francisco at the age of 55. He is interred at Lone Mountain Cemetery, Carson City, Nevada.


  1. ^ a b c "Nevada Governor John Edward Jones". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "John Edward Johes". Nevada's First Ladies. Retrieved September 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b Capace, Nancy (January 1, 2001). "Governors". The Encyclopedia of Nevada. Somerset Publishers. p. 99. ISBN 9780403096114. Retrieved January 9, 2021 – via Google Books.

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Party political offices
First Silver nominee for Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Governor of Nevada
1895 – 1896
Succeeded by