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JONES, Patrick Henry, lawyer, born in Westmeath, Ireland, 20 November, 1830. He came to this country in 1840, attended the common schools, worked on his father's farm in Cattaraugus county, New York, and then read law at Ellicottville. He was admitted to the bar in May, 1856, and practised at that place till the opening of the civil war, when he entered the 37th New York regiment as 2d lieutenant, 7 June, 1861. He was promoted to adjutant and then major of that regiment, and was made colonel of the 154th New York regiment on 8 October, 1862. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Chancellorsville, and after his exchange in October, 1863, served in the west and in the Atlanta campaign, and on 6 June, 1864, was assigned command of a brigade, at whose head he continued until the close of the war. He was commissioned brigadier-general of volunteers, 4 December, 1864, and on 27 June, 1865, resigned and returned to the practice of his profession at Ellicottville. In 1865 he was elected clerk of the court of appeals of the state, and at the close of his three years' term he removed to New York city. On 1 April, 1869, he was appointed postmaster of New York, and he served as such during the first presidential term of General Grant, after which he resigned and resumed the practice of law in that city. In 1874 he was elected register of New York, and, after serving his term of three years, returned to his profession, in the practice of which he is still engaged.
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