Benjamin Franklin Jones (industrialist)

Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr.

Benjamin Franklin Jones
10th Chairman of the Republican National Committee
In office
Preceded by Dwight M. Sabin
Succeeded by Matthew Quay
Personal details
Born (1824-08-08)August 8, 1824
Claysville, Pennsylvania
Died May 19, 1903(1903-05-19) (aged 78)
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
Resting place Allegheny Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary McMasters
Children Benjamin Franklin Jones, Jr.
Parents Jacob Aik Jones, Elizabeth Geshorn
Residence Sewickley Heights
Education New Brighton Academy
Known for J&L Steel

Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr. (August 8, 1824 – May 19, 1903) was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh.[1] Originally involved in the river barge industry, he purchased a share in American Iron Works in 1851, along with Bernard Lauth.[2] He later joined with James H. Laughlin to form Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, a steel mill heavily dependent on river transportation. The B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa Pennsylvania, the site of J&L Steel's Aliquippa Works, was built in his honor with funds donated by his daughter.


He was born on August 8, 1824 in Claysville, Pennsylvania. He married Mary McMasters and had a son, Benjamin Franklin Jones, Jr. From 1884 to 1888 he was chairman of the Republican National Committee. He died on May 19, 1903 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.


He was executor of Laughlin's estate.[3]


As chairman of the Republican National Committee 1884 to 1888, he was responsible for the James G. Blaine presidential campaign.

See also


  1. "Family's Fourth". Time (April 13). April 13, 1936. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  2. Swank, James Moore, ed. (1902). "Death of Hon. B.F. Jones". Statistics of the American and foreign iron trades for 1902. Annual statistical report of the American Iron and Steel Association. American Iron and Steel Association. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott. pp. 9–10. OCLC 7450172.
  3. "They want the road sold" (PDF). The New York Times (Feb @). 1890. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dwight M. Sabin
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
Matthew S. Quay

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