Jones, John P.

Jones, John P. (Percival)

(1830–1912) miner, U.S. senator; born in Hay, Wales. Brought to Cleveland, Ohio, as a child, he went to California in the gold rush of 1849, then moved to Nevada where he made his fortune in silver mining. Elected to the U.S. Senate (Rep., Nev.; 1873–1903), he inevitably supported silver coinage.
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