Biography of Jenkin Jones
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

JENKIN JONES, a citizen of Pittsburg for sixty four years, was born in Cardiganshire, South Wales, in 1835. His parents brought him to America when he was four years old, and located at Pittsburg, where Mr. Jones received a limited education. He went to work at the age of twelve in a glass factory, and, in 1863, started in the business for himself, under the name of Campbell, Jones & Co. This combination continued until 1886, when Mr. Jones organized another company for the manufacture of glass, the new concern being known as Jones, Caufif & Co. (limited). This firm was discontinued in 1892, and Mr. Jones has since devoted his time to the public service. He has held many positions of responsibility and trust during his long and eventful career. He was from 1868 to 1870 councilman for the borough of East Birmingham, Allegheny county, and was then elected to the office of burgess of that borough, but a change of residence necessitated his resigning this position before his term expired. His next office was that of school director from the twenty seventh ward, Pittsburg, where he served three years. He was also elected a member of the central board of education, where he served for a similar period. In 1873 he was elected for one three year term as a member of the board of fire commissioners of Pittsburg. He has held his present position as wharfmaster since December, 1901. Mr. Jones has long been a prominent republican, and has taken an important part in party affairs. He was a delegate to the State convention held at Harrisburg in 1878, and also to the State convention in 1881 which nominated Silas M. Bailey for State treasurer. In 1881 he was chairman of the finance committee of the republican county central committee of Allegheny county. In religious belief Mr. Jones is a Congregationalist and a member of that church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Royal Arcanum.


From:
Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
personal and genealogical with portraits.
Publishers: Northwestern Historical Association
Madison, Wis. 1904.


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