JONES, John Percival (1829-1912)

JONES, JOHN PERCIVAL, a Senator from Nevada; born at 'The Hay,' Herefordshire, England, January 27, 1829; immigrated the same year to the United States with his parents, who settled in the northern part of Ohio; attended the public schools in Cleveland, Ohio; moved to California and engaged in mining and farming in Trinity County; sheriff of the county; member, State senate 1863-1867; moved to Gold Hill, Nev., in 1868; engaged in mining; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1873; reelected in 1879, 1885, 1891, and 1897 and served from March 4, 1873, to March 3, 1903; declined to be a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses (Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses, and Forty-seventh through Fifty-second Congresses), Committee on Epidemic Diseases (Fifty-third through Fifty-seventh Congresses); resumed his former business activities; retired to his home in Santa Monica, Calif.; died in Los Angeles, Calif., November 27, 1912; interment in Laurel Hill Cemetery, San Francisco, Calif.; remains removed and reinterred in unknown location.

Henry E. Huntington Library
San Marino, CA
Papers: 1819-1936. On deposit. Not open to research.

Nevada Historical Society
Reno, NV
Papers: 1867-1896. 15 items. Letters by Jones and his first wife on personal matters and business affairs. Also correspondence in the William Morris Stewart papers, 1866-1909.

Society of California Pioneers
San Francisco, CA
Papers: 1 box. Papers relating to mining, and Virginia and Truckee railroad.

Stanford University Libraries
Special Collections
Stanford, CA
Papers: In Elmer E. Robinson collection, 1864-1944.

University of California, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Papers: 1872-1909. Ca. 3.5 feet. Correspondence, scrapbooks, writings, clippings, and photographs in Jones family collection. Finding aid.

  • Baur, John E. "Early Days and California Years of John Percival Jones, 1849-1867.'' Southern California Quarterly 44 (June 1962): 97-131.
  • Schlup, Leonard. "Nevada's Doctrinaire Senator: John P. Jones and the Politics of Silver in the Gilded Age.'' Nevada Historical Society Quarterly 36 (Winter 1993): 246-62.