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Lecompton in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sheriff Samuel J. Jones

1827-1885

 
 
Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 21, 2018
1. Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  Samuel Jones was an entrepreneur. He constructed Constitution Hall in 1856 and it is now a National Landmark. He was appointed Sheriff of Douglas County, Kansas, in 1856 by Territorial Governor Daniel Woodson. Sheriff Jones enforced the laws of the Kansas Territorial Legislature which caused much hardship and anguish on Free-State settlers. He was shot in the back in Lawrence by Free State/Abolition forces and as a result of this action, he retaliated by sacking many buildings in Lawrence in 1856. After a disagreement with Governor Geary in 1857 over treatment of Free State prisoners, he resigned the position and moved La Mesilla, New Mexico.
Following his death in La Mesilla in 1885 he was buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Las Cruses. In 1935 his body was moved to the Masonic Cemetery and a new tombstone was installed. The original tombstone was left in the abandoned cemetery. The Lecompton Historical Society made arrangements with the City of Las Cruses, New Mexico, to preserve the original tombstone on this site.
 
Location. 39° 2.733′ N, 95° 23.678′ W. Marker is in
Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 21, 2018
2. Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Marker
Lecompton, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is on Elmore Street 0.1 miles south of East 3rd Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lecompton KS 66050, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lecompton Constitution Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Lane University (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kansa Indians (approx. 3.1 miles away); Lecompton, Capital of Kansas Territory (approx. 3.6 miles away); Coon Point (approx. 3.6 miles away); First United Brethren in Christ Church in Kansas (approx. 5.3 miles away); a different marker also named Lecompton (approx. 6 miles away); Kansas River Flood Levels (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lecompton.
 
Also see . . .  Samuel J. Jones Sheriff. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRCemeteries & Burial SitesLaw Enforcement
 
Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, June 21, 2018
3. Sheriff Samuel J. Jones Tombstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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