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Daniel Webster Jones
|19th Governor of Arkansas|
January 18, 1897 – January 18, 1901
|Preceded by||James Paul Clarke|
|Succeeded by||Jeff Davis|
|Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives|
|Born||December 15, 1839
Bowie County, Texas, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 1918 (aged 79)|
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Branch/service||Confederate States of America Army|
|Unit||20th Arkansas Infantry Regiment|
Jones was born in Bowie County, Texas to Isaac N. Jones, a doctor and member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas, and Elizabeth W. Littlejohn. When Jones was a year old, his family moved to Washington, Arkansas (Hempstead County where they owned a large plantation in nearby Lafayette County; Jones attended Washington Academy there and later studied law.
During his childhood, James Black, creator of the famous Bowie knife, lived with the Jones family before moving to Washington, Arkansas. Black attempted to show Daniel his metallurgical secret in 1870, the only person known to have knowledge of Black's secret.
When the American Civil War broke out, Jones enlisted in the Confederate States Army, was wounded in battle, and was captured and held as a prisoner of war. His highest rank was of Colonel of the 20th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.
In 1874, Jones was elected as prosecuting attorney of the Ninth Judicial District. He served as a presidential elector in 1876 and 1880. He was elected to the post of Attorney General of Arkansas in 1884 and 1886. In 1890, he served a term in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Jones was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1896, and was reelected in 1898. During his term appropriations were made for the new state capitol building, and a law ordering uniform textbooks in schools was passed.
Jones resumed his law practice after leaving office. He was elected to the House of Representatives again in 1914.
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