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JONES, George Wallace, senator, born in Vincennes, Indiana, 12 April, 1804. He was graduated at Transylvania university, Kentucky, in 1825, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, but was prevented by delicate health from practising. Removing to Missouri, he was clerk of the United States district court in 1826, served as aide-de-camp to General Henry Dodge in the Black Hawk war, removed to Wisconsin and settled at Sinsinawa Mound, where he was judge of the county court, and colonel, and subsequently general, of militia. He was elected to congress as a Democrat in 1834, served till 1837, and in July, 1836, procured a division of Michigan territory and the establishment of the territory of Wisconsin. In 1839 he was appointed by President Van Buren surveyor-general of the Northwest territory, he was removed by President Harrison, but reappointed by President Polk. He was United States senator from Iowa from January, 1848, till March, 1859, and was chairman of the committee on pensions and on enrolled bills. At the conclusion of his last term he was appointed by President Buchanan minister to New Grenada. In 1861, on his return to the United States, he was charged with disloyalty and imprisoned at Fort Warren. Since 1862 he has resided at Dubuque, Iowa.
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