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Biographical Sketch


Pierpont E. Jones

Among the men who helped to lay the foundation of the Republican party in Essex County on broad and statesmanlike principles, few are entitled to a more honorable mention than the subject of this sketch.

He was born in the town of Jay, June 27, 1819, and died at the old homestead on the 8th of April last.

He gave much care and systematic study to all important questions of the day. He came to every discussion in which he took part, with extended and complete preparation. He was ever apt and witty, and possessed in a high degree the power of readily absorbing ideas.

In 1865, he was appointed to canvass the part of the army in and near the Shenandoah Valley, for the votes of the soldiers from Essex Co.

In 1865, he was appointed to a position in the Treasury department, at Washington, D. C., which position he held eleven years. He made many warm friends, and among the number was Chief Justice Chase, one of his most intimate friends, and who assigned Mr. Jones the position of chief manager of his suburban home, at Edgewood, two miles from Washington.

He resigned his position in the Treasury department, and accepted another in the New York postoffice, where he remained three years. He resigned this place and came home to spend the remainder of his days with his family, on the old farm in Jay.



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