JONES, Jehu Glancy, (1811 - 1878)


JONES, Jehu Glancy, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Caernarvon Township, Berks County, Pa., October 7, 1811; attended Kenyon College; studied theology; was ordained to the ministry of the Episcopal Church in 1835 and withdrew in 1841; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Georgia in 1841 and commenced practice at Easton, Pa.; district attorney for Berks County 1847-1849; delegate to the Democratic State conventions in 1848, 1849, and 1855, and served as president in 1855; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1848 and 1856 and served as vice president in 1848; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852; elected to the Thirty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry A. Muhlenberg; reelected to the Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth Congresses and served from February 4, 1854, to October 30, 1858, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Ways and Means (Thirty-fifth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1858 to the Thirty-sixth Congress; appointed Minister to Austria by President Buchanan December 7, 1858, and served from December 15, 1858, to November 14, 1861; resumed the practice of law; died in Reading, Pa., March 24, 1878; interment in the Charles Evans Cemetery.