Benjamin Jones (congressman)

Benjamin Jones ( born April 13, 1787 Winchester, Virginia; † April 24, 1861 in Wooster, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. Of 4 March 1833 to 3 March 1837 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 18th Congressional District of the State of Ohio.


Jones was born in Winchester. He moved with his parents to Washington in the state of Pennsylvania. There he went to school. There he learned the trade of cabinetmaker. In 1812 he moved to Wooster to in Ohio, where he worked as a carpenter. In 1815 he was arbitrator and 1818 Commissioner in Wayne County. From 1821 to 1822 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Ohio. In 1828 he was a member of the Electoral College. Between 1829 and 1832 he was in the state Senate.

1832 Jones was elected to represent the newly created 18th District of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives. His re-election succeeded in once. Between 1835 and 1837 he was chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War. In 1836 he was not nominated by his party for the election. He retired in Wooster to private life and died there in 1861.

Jones was married to Hannah Straughn Vanemmon. Both had a son with Ohio Franklin Jones.