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George Washington Jones (Texas politician)

George Washington Jones
United States Congressman
Texas 5th Congressional District
In office
March 4, 1879 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Dewitt Clinton Giddings
Succeeded by James W. Throckmorton
10th Lieutenant Governor of Texas
In office
August 9, 1866 – August 8, 1867
Governor James W. Throckmorton
Preceded by Fletcher Stockdale
Succeeded by James W. Flanagan
Bastrop County Attorney
In office
Personal details
Born (1828-09-05)September 5, 1828
Marion County, Alabama
Died July 11, 1903(1903-07-11) (aged 74)
Bastrop, Texas
Resting place Fairview Cemetery
Political party Greenback Democrat
Spouse(s) Laura Ann Mullins
Profession Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States Army
Service/branch Robert T. Allen’s
Seventeenth Texas Infantry
Rank Colonel

George Washington Jones (September 5, 1828 – July 11, 1903) was a Texas politician, a Lieutenant Governor of Texas and a Greenback member of the United States House of Representatives.


  • Early life 1
  • Military service 2
  • Public service 3
  • Personal life and death 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

George Washington Jones was born to William Dandridge Claiborne Jones and Rachel Burleson Jones on September 5, 1828 in Marion County, Alabama.[1] He moved with his parents to Tipton County, Tennessee, and then to Bastrop, Texas. Jones studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1851, and commenced practice in Bastrop.

From 1858 until 1860 he served as Bastrop County Attorney.[2]

Military service

Although a supporter of the Union, Jones served in the Confederate States Army, eventually attaining the rank of colonel as commander of the 17th Texas Infantry.[3]

Public service

He was a delegate to the Texas state constitutional convention in 1866. Jones was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1866, with James W. Throckmorton as Governor. Both Jones and Throckmorton were removed from office in 1867 by General Philip Henry Sheridan for being obstructions to Reconstruction.[4]

In 1878 Jones was elected as United States Congressman for the Texas 5th Congressional District. He was reelected in 1880 and served from March 4, 1879 to March 3, 1883.

Personal life and death

On August 1, 1855, he married Ledora Ann Mullins in Bastrop.

Jones died on July 11, 1903.[5] Ledora Jones died on August 31, 1903.[6] They are both interred at Fairview Cemetery in Bastrop.


  1. ^ "George Washington Jones genealogy". LDS Compact Disc #10 Pin #122475: LDS Family 
  2. ^ Guttery, Ben (2008). Representing Texas: a Comprehensive History of U.S. and Confederate Senators and Representatives from Texas. BookSurge Publishing. p. 89.  
  3. ^ "The 17th Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment". J.P. Blessington. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Cutrer, Thomas W: GW Jones from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2 July 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  5. ^ "Grave of George Washington Jones". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Grave of Ledora Jones". Find a Grave. Retrieved 2 July 2010. 

External links

Political offices
Preceded by
Fletcher Stockdale
Lieutenant Governor of Texas
Succeeded by
James W. Flanagan
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
De Witt C. Giddings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
James W. Throckmorton
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