JONES, James Chamberlain, (1809 - 1859)

Senate Years of Service: 1851-1855; 1855-1857
Party: Whig; Opposition

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

JONES, James Chamberlain, a Senator from Tennessee; born near the line between Davidson and Wilson Counties, Tennessee, April 20, 1809; attended an old-field school; farmer; member, State house of representatives 1839; Governor of Tennessee 1841-1845; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848; elected as a Whig to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1851, to March 3, 1857; was not a candidate for reelection; retired to his farm near Memphis, Tenn., where he died October 29, 1859; interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.


Dictionary of American Biography; Osborne, Ray G. “Political Career of James Chamberlain Jones, 1840-1857.” Tennessee Historical Quarterly 7 (1948): 195-228, 322-34.