The Jones: John Rice & George Wallace
John Rice Jones the older was an English immigrant who fought with George Rogers Clark. Jones, an early American pioneer was actively engaged in establishing the Territories and States of Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Jones was father of George Wallace Jones, who was actively engaged in establishing the Territories of Wisconsin and Iowa and the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska.
George Wallace Jones was a son of John Rice Jones and the father of the States of Iowa and Wisconsin. Geo. W. Jones was during his life and times a drummer boy in the War of 1812 (in 1814); college roommate of Jefferson Davis while ward of Henry Clay in Lexington, Kentucky; Clerk of the U.S. District Court in Missouri; Aide de Camp to General Henry Dodge during Black Hawk War; Judge in Michigan Territory at Mineral Point; General of the Michigan Territory Militia; U.S. Postmaster-Wisconsin Territory; Delegate to the U.S. Congress from Michigan Territory; Delegate from Wisconsin and Iowa Territories after getting each established; U.S. Surveyor General of Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota; U.S. Pensions Agent; two-term U.S. Senator from Iowa; and U.S. Minister to Bogota, Colombia.
George W. Jones was also a lead miner, smelter, farmer, trading-post proprietor, Indian trader, slave owner (freeing his slaves he received as a wedding gift in 1842), Indian fighter, ferry-boat owner, land speculator, railroad chairman, duelist, and friend and acquaintance with some of the most influential Americans of the early and mid-nineteenth century.
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