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Edward F. Jones

Edward Franc Jones (June 3, 1828 in Utica, Oneida County, New York – August 14, 1913 in Binghamton, Broome County, New York) was an American merchant, manufacturer, author and politician from New York.


He was the son of Lorenzo B. Jones and Sophronia (Chapman) Jones. He was educated at Leicester, Massachusetts. In 1850, he married Mary A. Tarbell, of Pepperell, Massachusetts.

In 1854, he joined the militia as a Lieutenant. In 1861 he joined the 6th Massachusetts Infantry as a Major, and he was soon named commander with the rank of Colonel. He led the organization on its famed march through Baltimore, which sparked the first bloodshed of the American Civil War. His troops traveled onward and helped with the defense of Washington, D.C.

Jones later recruited and commanded the 26th Massachusetts Infantry. On February 24, 1866,[32] President Andrew Johnson nominated Jones for the grade of brevet brigadier general, United States Volunteers, to rank from March 13, 1865, for meritorious services during the war.[33] The U.S. Senate confirmed the award on April 10, 1866.[32]

1889 ad for Jones Scales, containing the famous slogan.

In 1862, he married Susan Annie Brown, from Boston. In 1865, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Soon afterwards, he moved to Binghamton, New York, where he opened a scale manufacturing plant. He became widely known as "Jones of Binghamton" for his new means of advertising, creating the slogan "Jones pays the freight" or "Jones, he pays the freight", to communicate that, unlike his competitors, he would not charge anything for the delivery of his scales to the buyer.

Jones served as Binghamton's Police Commissioner, was a Regent of the University of the State of New York, served as President of the State Board of Equalization, and served on the boards of numerous colleges and charities.

He was the Lieutenant Governor of New York from 1886 to 1891, elected on the Democratic ticket with Governor David B. Hill in 1885 and 1888.

In 1905, he published the novel Richard Baxter: A Story of New England Life of 1830 to 1840.

Jones continued to operate his business until he lost his sight at the age of 79, after which his scale works was operated by his son.

He was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His home at Binghamton, known as the Gen. Edward F. Jones House, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[35]

See also


  1. ^
  • Eicher, John H. and Eicher, David J. Civil War High Commands. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-8047-3641-3.
  • Hunt, Roger D. and Brown, Jack R. Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Gaithersburg, MD: Olde Soldier Books, Inc., 1990. ISBN 1-56013-002-4.
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  • History of the Military Company of the Massachusetts, Now Called, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts: 1637-1888 by Oliver Ayer Roberts (A. Mudge & Son, 1898)
  • Broome County in Vintage Postcards by Ed Aswad & Suzanne M. Meredith (Arcadia Publishing, 2000, ISBN 0-7385-0447-5, ISBN 978-0-7385-0447-6, page 14)
  • Civil War High Commands by John H. Eicher & John Y. Simon (Stanford University Press, 2001, ISBN 0-8047-3641-3, ISBN 978-0-8047-3641-1 ; page 324)

Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis McCarthy
Lieutenant Governor of New York
1886 - 1891
Succeeded by
William F. Sheehan

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