United States Congressman from Tennessee
Member of the 1st Confederate Congress, 1862-64
(1806-84) Born in King and Queen County, Virginia, he moved with his parents to Tennessee and settled in Fayetteville where he received a common school education, and became an apprentice in the saddler's trade. He then served as justice of the peace, 1832-35; was a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1835-39; and the Tennessee State Senate, 1839-41. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress serving, 1843-59. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Rules, and he also served on the Committee on Roads and Canals. He was a delegate to the peace convention of 1861 in Washington, D.C. which was held in an effort to prevent the start of the cataclysmic American Civil War. He was elected from Tennessee as a Member of the House of Representatives in the First Confederate Congress, and served from February 18, 1862, to February 18, 1864. He died in Fayetteville, Tenn., and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Signature With Place: 4 3/4 x 1/2, in ink, G.W. Jones, Fayetteville. The paper is cut slightly irregular but this does not affect any of the letters in the autograph.