Daniel Webster Jones (December 15, 1839 – December 25, 1918) was the 19th Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.
Daniel Webster Jones was born in Bowie County, Texas. His family moved to Washington, Arkansas in 1840. Jones attended Washington Academy there and later studied law. During his childhood, James Black, creator of the famous Bowie knife, lived with his family before moving to Washington, Arkansas. Black attempted to show Daniel his metallurgical secret in 1870, the only person known to have knowledge of Black's secret.
When the American Civil War broke out, Jones enlisted in the Confederate States Army, was wounded in battle, and was captured and held as a prisoner of war. His highest rank was as Colonel of the 20th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.
In 1874, Jones was elected as prosecuting attorney of the 9th Judicial District. He served as a presidential elector in 1876 and 1880. He was elected to the post of Attorney General of Arkansas in 1884 and 1886. In 1890 he served a term in the Arkansas House of Representatives.
Jones was elected Governor of Arkansas in 1896, and was reelected in 1898. During his term appropriations were made for the new state capitol building, and a law ordering uniform textbooks in schools was passed.
Jones resumed his law practice after leaving office. In 1914 he was elected again to the House of Representatives.
Daniel Jones is buried at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Daniel Webster Jones (governor) at Find a Grave Retrieved on 2008-02-13
- Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry: Daniel Webster Jones
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