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Benjamin Franklin Jones

Benjamin Franklin Jones
Born August 8, 1824
Claysville, Washington County, Pennsylvania
Died May 19, 1903
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
Residence Sewickley Heights
Education New Brighton Academy
Home town Pittsburgh
Known for J&L Steel
Title Chairman, Republican National Committee
Term 1884-1888
Predecessor Dwight M. Sabin
Successor Matthew Quay
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary McMasters
Children Benjamin Franklin Jones Jr.
Parents Jacob Aik Jones, Elizabeth Geshorn

Benjamin Franklin Jones (August 8, 1824 - May 19, 1903) was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh.[1] Originally involved in the river barge industry, he purchased a share in American Iron Works in 1851, along with Bernard Lauth.[2] He later joined with James H. Laughlin to form J&L Steel, a steel mill heavily dependent on river transportation. He was executor of Laughlin's estate.[3]


As chairman of the Republican National Committee 1884 to 1888, he was responsible for the James G. Blaine presidential campaign.


  1. ^ "Family's Fourth". Time (April 13). 1936.,9171,756010-2,00.html. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  
  2. ^ Swank, James Moore, ed. (1902) "Death of Hon. B.F. Jones" (in English) Statistics of the American and foreign iron trades for 1902. Annual statistical report of the American Iron and Steel Association. American Iron and Steel Association Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott pp. 9–10 OCLC 7450172  
  3. ^ "They want the road sold". New York Times (Feb @). 1890. Retrieved 2008-08-09.  

See also

Party political offices
Preceded by
Dwight M. Sabin
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
Matthew S. Quay


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