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JONES, Alfred Gilpin, Canadian statesman, born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, in September, 1824. His grandfather, Stephen, a graduate of Harvard, was an officer in the king's American dragoons, and at the close of the Revolutionary war settled in Nova. Scotia, where he died in 1830. Alfred was educated at Weymouth and at Yarmouth academy, became a merchant, and represented Halifax in the Dominion parliament from 1867 tili 1872, when he was defeated. He was re-elected in 1874, but resigned in January, 1878, in consequence of an alleged breach of the independence of parliament act. He became a member of the privy council, and held the portfolio of minister of militia from January till September, 1878. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the general elections of 1878 and 1882, but was re-elected in 1887 for the Dominion parliament. He is governor of Dalhousie college, and was for several years lieutenant-colonel of the 1st Halifax brigade garrison artillery.
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