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James C. Jones

In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1857
Preceded by Hopkins L. Turney
Succeeded by Andrew Johnson

In office
October 15, 1841 – October 14, 1845
Preceded by James K. Polk
Succeeded by Aaron V. Brown

Born April 20, 1809(1809-04-20)
Davidson County, Tennessee, U.S.
Died October 29, 1859 (aged 50)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Political party Whig, Democrat
Profession Politician, Farmer

James Chamberlain Jones (April 20, 1809 – October 29, 1859) was the Governor of Tennessee from 1841 to 1845, and a United States Senator from that state from 1851 to 1857. While governor he was a Whig and was initially elected to the Senate as a Whig; however while in that body he switched parties, leaving the moribund Whigs for the Democrats.


A thin man whose nickname was "Lean Jimmy", Jones was born in Davidson County, Tennessee and was the first native-born Tennessean to be elected governor. He had been educated as a lawyer, but was farming in Wilson County when elected to the state legislature in 1839. He opposed incumbent Governor James K. Polk for reelection in 1841, defeating the future President. He was said to have been the first Tennessee politician to master the art of "stump" speaking (which often at the time literally consisted of delivering a speech from atop a freshly cut tree stump). When Polk opposed him for a second term in 1843, Jones defeated him again.

While he was governor, Nashville, which had been serving as the temporary capital of the state for years (as had several other places before it) was officially selected as the capital city of Tennessee on a permanent basis. Prominent architect William Strickland, a student of Benjamin Latrobe, was selected to design a Capitol building, and the cornerstone for it was actually laid while Jones was still governor. However, Jones did not seek a third term, choosing instead to accept an offer to become president of the Memphis and Charleston Railroad. He was an elector for Zachary Taylor in the U.S. presidential election of 1848. He later served one term in the United States Senate, from 1851 to 1857. After this, he retired to his farm near Memphis, where he died. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

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Political offices
Preceded by
James K. Polk
Governor of Tennessee
1841 – 1845
Succeeded by
Aaron V. Brown
United States Senate
Preceded by
Hopkins L. Turney
Senator from Tennessee (Class 1)
1851 – 1857
Served alongside: John Bell
Succeeded by
Andrew Johnson


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