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JONES, James Chamberlain, senator, born in Davidson county, Tennessee, 20 April, 1809; died in Memphis, Tennessee, 29 October, 1859. He lost his father in infancy, and spent much of his boyhood in working on the plantation of his guardian, from whose library he obtained the elements of an English education, also attending a country school at intervals. After reaching his majority he married, and settled on a farm in Wilson county, Tennessee He was in the legislature in 1837 and 1839, a candidate for elector on the Harrison and Tyler ticket in 1840, and in 1841 and 1843 was elected governor of the state by the Whigs, over James K. Polk, after animated personal canvasses by the two candidates. In 1848 he was a delegate to the National Whig convention, where he earnest.ly advocated the nomination of Henry Clay, but he subsequently spoke in several states in support of General Zachary Taylor. He removed to Memphis in 1850, and in 1851-'7 served in the United States senate, afterward retiring to private life. He was a supporter of the Kansas-Nebraska bill in 1854, and was afterward identified with the Democratic party. He was often called "Lean Jimmy Jones" or "Bean-Pole."
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