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Jones, Hamilton Chamberlain, Jr.

Hamilton Chamberlain Jones, Jr. (1837-1904), was the son of Ann Eliza Henderson and Hamilton Jones (1798-1868), a lawyer and 1818 graduate of the University. Born near Salisbury, NC, young Hamilton entered the University in 1854 and graduated with second honors in 1858. He married Sophie Convere Myers, who bore him six children. A lawyer and Whig like his father, Jones was admitted to the bar in 1860. He served in the Confederate army, was wounded several times, and in 1863 was captured, spending time in the prison at Johnson Island on Lake Erie. After the war he returned to Salisbury to resume his law practice and to edit the Charlotte News. A state senator in 1870, Jones worked to impeach Gov. William W. Holden. President Grover Cleveland appointed Jones US district attorney for the western district of North Carolina from 1885 to 1889 (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 3:319). Jones also served as a University trustee from 1889 to 1897.