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John Sills Jones
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879
Preceded by Earley F. Poppleton
Succeeded by George L. Converse
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the Delaware County district
In office
January 4, 1880 – January 6, 1884
Preceded by David H. Elliott
Succeeded by George L. Sackett
Personal details
Born (1836-02-12)February 12, 1836
Champaign County, Ohio
Died April 11, 1903(1903-04-11) (aged 67)
Delaware, Ohio
Resting place Oak Grove Cemetery, Delaware, Ohio
Political party Republican
Alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
Unit 4th Ohio Infantry Regiment
Commands 174th Ohio Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Sills Jones (February 12, 1836 – April 11, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio who also served as an officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War.


Jones was born near St. Paris, Champaign County, Ohio, where he attended the public schools. Studying law he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, in 1855. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Delaware, Ohio; where he served as prosecuting attorney for Delaware County in 1860 and 1861. Wanting to serve in the Civil War he was commissioned a First Lieutenant in the 4th Ohio Infantry Regiment in 1861. After 3 years he reenlisted, and in September 1864 he was given command of the 174th Ohio Infantry Regiment with the rank of colonel. Jones was mustered out with his regiment on July 7, 1865, and received a brevet promotion to brigadier general on June 27.

Jones afterwards resumed the practice of law. In 1866 he served as mayor of Delaware, Ohio, and afterwards became prosecuting attorney again until 1872. He was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1879) and served as a member of the State house of representatives (1879-1884). Jones died on April 11, 1903, and was interred in Oak Grove Cemetery.

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