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JONES, George, author, born in York, Pennsylvania, 30 July, 1800; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 22 January, 1870. He was graduated at Yale in 1823, taught for two years on the United States frigates "Brandywine" and "Constitution," and for the two years following was tutor at Yale. He was ordained deacon in the Protestant Episcopal church in January, 1831, officiated at Middletown, Connecticut, and in 1833 was appointed chaplain in the United States navy. At the time of his death he was stationed at the United States naval asylum at Philadelphia. Mr. Jones accompanied Commander Perry on the naval expedition to Japan in 1853-'5, and his long and careful observations on the zodiacal light fill one volume of the report of the United States Japan expedition. The theory of a nebulous ring around the earth is a deduction from these. His other works are "Sketches of Naval Life" (New Haven, Connecticut, 1836); "Excursions to Cairo, Jerusalem, and Balbec" (New York, 1836); and "Life Scenes from the Four Gospels" and "Life Scenes from the Old Testament" (1865).
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