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JONES, Joel, jurist, born in Coventry, Connecticut, 25 October, 1795; died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 3 February, 1860. He was graduated at Yale in 1817, subsequently studied law at Litchfield and New Haven, and settled at Easton, Pennsylvania, where he practised for many years. In 1830 he was appointed a commissioner to revise the civil code of Pennsylvania. He became associate judge in 1835, and afterward presiding judge of the Philadelphia district court, was the first president of Girard college in 1847-'9, and in 1849 mayor of Philadelphia. He took an active interest in theological speculations and inquiries, and was an earnest advocate of a literal interpretation of those scriptures which predict the second coming of Christ. He is the author of "Reports of a Commission to Revise the Civil Code of Pennsylvania": "A Manual of Pennsylvania Land Law"; "Notes on Scripture, or Jesus and the Coming Glory" (Philadelphia, 1860; new ed., 1865); "Knowledge of One Another in the Future State"; and "Outlines of a History of the Court of Rome, and of the Temporal Power of the Popes," translated from the French, with original notes, and he also edited several English works on prophecy. -His brother, Joseph Huntington, clergyman, born in Coventry, Connecticut, 24 August, 1797; died 22 December, 1868, was graduated at Harvard in 1817, and for a time was employed as a tutor in Bowdoin. He then studied at Princeton theological seminary, and was ordained as an evangelist, 29 April, 1824. He preached for a time at Woodbury and Backwood town, New Jersey, and in 1825 was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian church at New Brunswick, New Jersey, remaining there till 1838, when he became pastor of the Sixth church, Philadelphia. From 1861 till his death he was secretary of the relief fund for disabled ministers. He was the author of "Revival of Religion" (Philadelphia, 1839); "Influence of Physical Causes on Religious Experience" (1846); "Life of Ashbel Green, D. D." (New York, 1849); "Sermon on the Death of the Reverend Cornelius C. Cuyler, D. D." (1850); and other sermons, reviews, and essays, published separately.
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