JONES, James Chamberlain (1809-1859)
Senate Years of Service: 1851-1855; 1855-1857

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.

Knox County Public Library
McClung Historical Collection
Knoxville, TN
Papers: 1 item.

Tennessee Historical Society
Nashville, TN
Papers: Miscellaneous papers in various collections.

Tennessee State Library and Archives
Nashville, TN
Papers: 1841-1845. Gubernatorial papers. Also letters, political cartoons and biographical sketches in various collections including George Washington Gordon and William Tecumsah Avery papers, 1791-1946. Finding aid.

  • Osborne, Ray Gregg. "Political Career of James Chamberlain Jones, 1840-1857.'' Tennessee Historical Quarterly 7 (September 1948): 195-228; (December 1948): 322-34.
  • McKellar, Kenneth. "James Chamberlayne Jones," in Tennessee Senators as seen by one of their Successors. Kingsport, Tenn.: Southern Publishers, Inc., 1942, 262-272.