JONES, Walter (1745-1815)

JONES, WALTER, a Representative from Virginia; born in Williamsburg, Va., December 18, 1745; was graduated from William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va., in 1760; studied medicine in Edinburgh and received the degree of doctor of medicine in 1770; returned to Virginia and located in Northumberland County; physician general of the middle military department in 1777; member of the State house of delegates 1785-1787; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1788; elected as a Republican to the Fifth Congress (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1799); again a member of the house of delegates in 1802 and 1803; elected to the Eighth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1811); died in Westmoreland County, Va., December 31, 1815; interment in the family burial ground at ``Hayfield,'' a few miles from what is now Callo, Northumberland County, Va.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Roger Jones family papers, 1649-1896, 7,000 items.
Unpublished finding aid in repository.


College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: 1721-1767, 109 items.
Collection includes letters written by Walter Jones while a student at the College of William and Mary and while studying medicine at Edinburgh, Scotland, and while in Williamsburg, Virginia. Originals located in the Library of Congress.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: December 10, 1799; March 5, 1806; April 26, 1807. 3 letters.
Finding aid in repository.


University of Virginia Library
Special Collections
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the papers of the Carter and Wellford family of Sabine Hall, 1650-1918, 1,075 items.
Correspondents include Walter Jones.

  • Mason, Thomas A. "The Luminary of the Northern Neck: Walter Jones, 1745-1815." Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Magazine 35 (1985): 3978-83.