Offering Confederate slave owner GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES’ signature – G.W. Jones, Fayetteville, Tennessee, on a 1” x 5” slip of paper.
GEORGE WASHINGTON JONES was born in Virginia on March 15, 1806. He moved with his parents to Fayetteville, Tennessee. Jones was elected as a Congressman from Tennessee and held that office from 1843-59. He was a member of the First Confederate Congress, serving from 1862-64.
As a slave owner, Jones defended southern rights to slave property. In the conflict over slavery’s expansion, he supported allowing each territory to decide the issue. He contended that the rise of corporations presented a greater issue than slavery’s expansion and voted consistently against bills granting public lands to assist railroad construction.
Signature is in excellent condition. Closely cut at the bottom, but not affecting the signature.
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