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JONES, Alexander H., member of congress, born in Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, 21 July, 1822. He was well educated, was a farmer during the early part of his life, subsequently a merchant at Asheville, and was for a time an editor. He adhered to the National government in the civil war, early in the summer of 1863 fled into the Union lines, and was commissioned by General Burnside to raise a regiment of loyal North Carolinians. While so employed he was captured in East Tennessee by Confederate troops, imprisoned at Asheville, at "Camp Vance, Camp Holmes, and in Libby prison, and was drafted into the Confederate army, but made his escape in November, 1864, without performing any service. After the surrender of General Lee he returned, was elected to the State constitutional convention in 1865, and afterward to congress as a Republican; but there being no established civil government in the state, he was not received. He was elected to the two ensuing congresses, and served from 20 July, 1868, till 3 March, 1871. He was a candidate for the 42d congress, but was defeated.
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