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Edward Franc Jones
June 3, 1828(1828-06-03) – August 14, 1913 (aged 85)
Place of birth Utica, Oneida County, New York
Place of death Binghamton, Broome County, New York
Place of burial Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Union Army
Rank Brevet Brigadier General
Battles/wars American Civil War

Edward Franc Jones (June 3, 1828 Utica, Oneida County, New York - August 14, 1913 Binghamton, Broome County, New York) was an American merchant, manufacturer, author and politician from New York.


He was the son of Lorenzo B. Jones and Sophronia (Chapman) Jones. He was educated at Leicester, Massachusetts. In 1850, he married Mary A. Tarbell, of Pepperell, Massachusetts.

He fought with the 6th & 26th Massachusetts Regiments in the American Civil War, finishing the war as a Brevet brigadier general. In 1862, he married Susan Annie Brown, from Boston. In 1865, he opened a scales manufacturing plant at Binghamton, and became widely known for his new means of advertising. He created the slogan "Jones pays the freight", meaning that, unlike his competitors, he would not charge anything for the delivery of his scales to the buyer.

He was Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1886 to 1891, elected on the Democratic ticket with Governor David B. Hill in 1885 and 1888.

In 1905, he published the novel Richard Baxter: A Story of New England Life of 1830 to 1840.

He was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His home at Binghamton, known as the Gen. Edward F. Jones House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.  
Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis McCarthy
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1886 - 1891
Succeeded by
William F. Sheehan


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