He moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey (then called Elizabethtown) in 1855, where he was a member of the city council of Elizabeth from 1856-1860. He moved to Newark in 1860 and engaged in manufacturing and mercantile pursuits.
Jones was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1881 - March 3, 1883, but declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1882.
Born April 18, 1819
Died April 19, 1884