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JONES, Joseph, member of the Continental congress, born in Virginia in 1727; died there, 28 October, 1805. He was a member of the house of burgesses from King George county, served on the committee of safety in 1775 and in the convention of 1776, and represented Virginia in the Continental congress in 1778-'9 and 1780-'3. He was appointed judge of the general court on 23 January, 1778, but resigned in October, 1779. He was reappointed to the same court, 19 November, 1789, was a member of the convention of 1788, and a major-general of Virginia militia. He was a friend of Washington, and had a correspondence with him relative to the limitation of the power of congress by the several states in 1780. In June, 1783, a proposition had been made in the Virginia legislature to revoke the release to the United States of the territory northwest of the Ohio river, but through the opposition of Mr. Jones it was rejected, and the legislature was induced to conform to the wishes of congress. --His sister, Elizabeth, married Spence Monroe, and became the mother of James Monroe, president of the United States.
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