JONES, William Atkinson, a Representative from Virginia; born in Warsaw, Richmond County,
Va., on March 21, 1849; entered the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington in
1864 and served in the defense of Richmond, Va., until its evacuation; attended
Colemans School in Fredericksburg and was graduated from the law department of
the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1870; was admitted to the bar
in 1870 and commenced practice in Warsaw, Va.; Commonwealth attorney for
several years; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1880, 1896,
and 1900; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and to the thirteen
succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1891, until his death in Warsaw,
Richmond County, Va., on April 17, 1918; chairman, Committee on Insular Affairs
(Sixty-second through Sixty-fifth Congresses); interment in St. Johns
Episcopal Church Cemetery.
Bibliography Shelton, Charlotte Jean. William Atkinson Jones 1849-1918:
Independent Democracy in Gilded Age Virginia. Ph.D. dissertation, University
of Virginia, 1980.