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Daniel Webster Jones

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Bowie County, TX, United States
Death: December 25, 1918 (79)
Little Rock, Pulaski, AR, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Isaac Newton Jones and Elizabeth Wilson Littlejohn
Brother of Thomas Littlejohn Jones

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About Daniel Webster Jones, Governor


Daniel Webster Jones (December 15, 1839 – December 25, 1918) was the 19th Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas.


Jones was born in Bowie County, Texas. His family moved to Washington, Arkansas when Jones was a year old. Jones attended Washington Academy there and later studied law.

During his childhood, James Black, creator of the famous Bowie knife, lived with the Jones 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 of Colonel of the 20th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.

In 1874, Jones was elected as prosecuting attorney of the Ninth 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. He was elected to the House of Representatives again in 1914.


Jones dies from pneumonia, and is buried at the Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Daniel Webster Jones, Governor's Timeline

December 15, 1839
Bowie County, TX, United States
December 25, 1918
Age 79
Little Rock, Pulaski, AR, United States