Jones, George Wallace
George Wallace Jones was 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.
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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