James Kimbrough Jones

James Kimbrough Jones
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
March 4, 1885  March 3, 1903
Preceded by James D. Walker
Succeeded by James P. Clarke
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1881  February 19, 1885
Preceded by William F. Slemons
Succeeded by Vacant
Member of the Arkansas Senate
In office
Personal details
Born (1839-09-29)September 29, 1839
Marshall County, Mississippi
Died June 1, 1908(1908-06-01) (aged 68)
Washington, D.C.
Political party Democratic

James Kimbrough Jones (September 29, 1839  June 1, 1908) was a United States Senator.


Born in Marshall County, Mississippi, Jones moved with his father to Dallas County, Arkansas in 1848. He pursued classical studies under a private tutor; he would later study law and was, in 1874, admitted to the bar, practicing in Washington, Arkansas.

During the American Civil War, Jones served in the Confederate Army, and returned to his Arkansas plantation afterward. From 1873 to 1879, he was a member of the Arkansas State Senate, and was president of that body from 1877 to 1879. In 1896 and 1900, he was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1885); he was re-elected to the Forty-ninth but tendered his resignation on February 19, 1885, having been elected to the United States Senate that year. Jones was reelected in 1891 and 1897 and served from March 4, 1885, to March 3, 1903, unsuccessfully seeking reelection in 1902. While in the Senate, he was chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses), Committee on Private Land Claims (Fifty-fifth Congress.)

After his Congressional service, Jones resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died; he was buried in Rock Creek Cemetery.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William F. Slemons
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1881 – February 19, 1885
Succeeded by
United States Senate
Preceded by
James D. Walker
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Augustus H. Garland, James H. Berry
Succeeded by
James P. Clarke

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