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Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Thomas McKissack Jones

(1816-1892)

 

—Mayor-Judge
Representative to Confederate Congress —

 
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By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
1. Thomas McKissack Jones Marker
Inscription. Thomas Jones was born in Peron County, North Carolina on December 12, 1816 and moved to Giles County with his family in 1817. Jones received his early education at Wurtemburg Academy and studied at the University of Alabama and University of Virginia. He returned to Pulaski in 1835 and studied law in the offices of Flournoy and Rivers.

With the outbreak of the Seminole War, Jones raised a large company of volunteers called the “Pulaski Hyenas”, which became Company A of the First Tennessee Mounted Men. He rose to the rank of Captain and led his troops in the battles of Lost Creek, Wahoo Swamp and Withlocoochee.

After the war, Jones obtained a license to practice law and formed a partnership with John W. Goode. Jones served as the Mayor of Pulaski from 1842-1843 and 1851 and as Recorder in 1841. In 1845 he was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly for one term and in 1847 was elected to the Tennessee State Senate. Jones was elected and served in the first session of the Confederate Congress but did not seek re-election, preferring to return to Pulaski. When federal troops captured Pulaski, Jones was taken prisoner but was paroled by Military Governor Andrew Johnson.

After the Civil War, Jones resumed his law practice and pursued business interests. He held several judiciary appointments
Thomas McKissack Jones-Close up of Tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
2. Thomas McKissack Jones-Close up of Tombstone
including a special appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Jones was a Democrat and served as a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions and represented Giles County in the 1870 Tennessee Constitutional Convention. Judge Thomas M. Jones died on March 13, 1892.
 
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Location. 35° 11.586′ N, 87° 1.734′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from South Rhodes Street north of East Cemetery Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. The marker is located in Maplewood Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General John Calvin Brown (a few steps from this marker); Maplewood Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); General John Adams, CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Edward Everett Eslick (1872-1932) (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Adams (approx. 0.2 miles away); Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Tears (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Benge Route (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
 
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Thomas McKissack Jones-Distant photo of tombstone image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 24, 2014
3. Thomas McKissack Jones-Distant photo of tombstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 265 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 7, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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