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Rufus Sibb Jones
Member From: 1871 - 1875
- Birth Date: ca. 1834 Birth Place:Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Death Date: July 17, 1897
- Gender: Male Race: African American
- Spouse: Annie M. Stevens (m. April 25, 1869; d. March 21, 1876) and Margaret Blunt (m. June 23, 1878)
- Children: 1 daughter
- Religion: African Methodist Episcopal
- Military Service: the Hannibal Guards (1856) and the Fort Pitt Cadets (1860)
United States Colored Troops (regimental clerk, Sergeant in November 1865)
- Occupation/Profession: Postmaster, Teacher, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Sheriff, Lawyer
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Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
- Bio: Rufus Sibb Jones, a member of the House of Delegates (1871–1875), was born about 1834 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Pittsburgh by 1850, where he was apprenticed to a wigmaker. He attended a school affiliated with an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. In the 1860 U.S. Census he reported his occupation as hair worker and owning $1,000 in personal property. Drafted into the United States Colored Troops during the American Civil War (1861-1865), he became a regimental clerk before mustering out as a sergeant in November 1865. Moving to Virginia after the war, in 1869 Jones worked as a postmaster of Newport News, in Warwick County, and briefly taught in a Freedmen’s Bureau School. He won election in 1871 to a two-year term in the House of Delegates representing the counties of Elizabeth City and Warwick. He was reelected in 1873 but lost a third term in 1875 as well as a bid to the Senate of Virginia in 1877. A practicing attorney, he also served as a justice of the peace, a customs inspector, and a deputy sheriff. He died on July 17, 1897, and is buried at Hampton National Cemetery.
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