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JONES, John Percival, senator, born in Hay, Brecon County, Wales, in 1830. Before he was a year old his parents came with him to the United States and settled in northern Ohio. He attended the public schools in Cleveland for a few years, and in 1849 went to California and engaged in mining and farming in Tuolumne county. Subsequently he was sheriff of the county, and was several times its representative in the legislature. In 1867 he was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant-governor of California, and the same year went to Nevada, where he engaged in mining and became wealthy. He succeeded James Nye as United States senator from Nevada, took his seat, 4 March, 1873, and has been twice re-elected. His term of service will expire on 3 March, 1891. He made a notable speech on the inflation bill in 1874.
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