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Robert G.W. Jones

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Birth Date: July 10, 1826 Birth Place:Henrico County, Virginia
  • Death Date: by March 15, 1900
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Frances J. A. Harris(m. March 15, 1866)
  • Children: 6 children
  • Religion: Baptist
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  • Occupation/Profession: Farmer
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Union Baptist Church (Trustee)
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
  • Bio: Robert G. W. Jones, member of the House of Delegates (1869–1871), was reportedly born free in Henrico County in 1826 but lived most of his life in Charles City County. On July 6, 1869, he easily defeated a Confederate veteran to win election to the House of Delegates representing Charles City County. He voted to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, as Congress required before it seated senators and representatives from the state. He considered running for reelection in 1871, but a new district had been created and he was shut out of the race. At various times Jones owned property in the county and identified himself as a farmer in census records. He served as one of the trustees of the Union Baptist Church formed during the American Civil War (1861–1865). Winning election as a justice of the peace for the county’s Harrison district in 1883, 1885, 1887, and 1889, he also served as acting coroner on at least one occasion. Jones died on an unrecorded date between August 19, 1899, when representatives of the Lincoln National Building and Loan Association filed suit against him, and March 15, 1900, when an administrator was appointed to oversee his estate.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Charles City County (Harrison district) Justice of the Peace in 1883, 1885, 1887, and 1889
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Charles City Public Property

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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