Creator

Date Original

1901

Description

This collection contains a pamphlet entitled "An Open Letter" written by James K. Jones of Hope, Arkansas dated December 24, 1901, in which he responds to charges by Arkansas Governor Jeff Davis.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Kimbrough Jones (1839-1908) was born on September 29, 1839, in Marshall County, Mississippi, to Nat Jones and Caroline Jane Jones. Jones’ mother died when he was six and his father remarried after moving to Dallas County, Arkansas. Jones was assisting his father in a mercantile business in Arkadelphia, Arkansas when the Civil War began. Jones enlisted in Company A of the Third Arkansas Cavalry, Confederate States Army, before falling ill from pneumonia. After recovering, he rejoined his unit and saw further action in Mississippi and Tennessee before becoming ill a second time. After the war he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1874 and set up practice in Washington County, Arkansas. Jones ran for the Arkansas state Senate from Hempstead County and won in 1874 and was reelected twice. He served as the president of the Arkansas Senate in 1877. In 1880 he ran successfully for United States Congress and won, serving Arkansas’s second Congressional District, a position he held until 1885. He tendered his resignation and won an election to serve as United States Senator from Arkansas, a position he held from 1885 until 1903. In 1896 and 1900 he was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Jones died in Washington DC on June 1, 1908, and is buried in Rock Creek Cemetery in the District of Columbia Jones married Sue Rust Eaton on January 16, 1863. Two daughters were born to them before she died in 1866. In June 1866 he married Sue Sommervel.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Mississippi; Tennessee

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.028.014

Resource Type

Text

Collection

James K. Jones, "An Open Letter," SMC.028.014

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

James K. Jones, "An Open Letter," Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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