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John Winston Jones

John Winston Jones
16th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
In office
December 4, 1843 – March 4, 1845
Preceded byJohn White
Succeeded byJohn W. Davis
Leader of the House Democratic Caucus
In office
December 4, 1843 – March 4, 1845
Preceded byJames K. Polk
Succeeded byHowell Cobb
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1845
Preceded byWilliam S. Archer (3rd)
Walter Coles (6th)
Succeeded byWalter Coles (3rd)
James Seddon (6th)
Constituency3rd district (1835–43)
6th district (1843–45)
Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee
In office
March 4, 1839 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byChurchill C. Cambreleng
Succeeded byMillard Fillmore
22nd Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
January 4, 1847 – December 6, 1847
GovernorWilliam Smith
Preceded byWilliam Goode
Succeeded byJames F. Strother
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Chesterfield County
In office
December 7, 1846 – December 17, 1847
Preceded byWilliam Winfree
Succeeded byAlexander Jones
Personal details
BornNovember 22, 1791
Amelia County, Virginia
DiedJanuary 29, 1848 (aged 56)
Petersburg, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Spouse(s)Harriet Boisseau
ChildrenMary Winston Jones
James Boisseau Jones
Alexander Jones
Alma materThe College of William & Mary

John Winston Jones (November 22, 1791 – January 29, 1848) was an American politician and lawyer.


Born November 22, 1791 in Amelia County, Virginia, he graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1813. He practiced law in Chesterfield County, Virginia before being appointed Prosecuting Attorney for Virginia's 5th Judicial Circuit in 1818. He was a delegate to the 1829–30 state constitutional convention.

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1835, and served five terms. He was Speaker of the House during the 28th Congress (1843–45).

Jones declined nomination for a sixth term in Congress and returned to Virginia in 1845. The following year he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates and was chosen as Speaker. He was elected to a second term in 1847, but did not attend the session due to illness. He resigned his seat on December 17.

Jones married Harriet Boisseau and together they had three children: Mary Winston, James Boisseau and Alexander. He is also an ancestor of early 20th century photographer O. Winston Link.

Jones died on January 29, 1848. He is buried in the family cemetery at his Dellwood Plantation northwest of Petersburg, Virginia.

Electoral history

  • 1835; Jones was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 68.09% of the vote, defeating Whig William Segar Archer.
  • 1837; Jones was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1839; Jones was re-elected with 58.51% of the vote, defeating a Whig identified only as Taylor.
  • 1841; Jones was re-elected with 69.47% of the vote, defeating Independents Junius E. Leigh and Thomas Miller.
  • 1843; Jones was re-elected unopposed.


  • Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.

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Political offices
Preceded by
John White
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
Succeeded by
John Wesley Davis
Preceded by
William O. Goode
Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates
Succeeded by
James F. Strother
Preceded by
Churchill C. Cambreleng
New York
Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee
Succeeded by
Millard Fillmore
New York
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William S. Archer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Walter Coles
Preceded by
Walter Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
James Seddon