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This Day in Georgia History

November 13, 1838

George Jones Died

Doctor and politician George Jones died in Savannah, Georgia. Born there on Feb. 25, 1766, he had no formal education but was taught medicine by his father, Noble Wymberly Jones, patriarch of the famous Wormsloe plantation. In 1786, the Georgia legislature elected Jones as state treasurer. After one term, he resigned and served a variety of offices, such as justice of the peace, inferior court judge, superior court judge, state representative, state senator, Savannah city councilman, and Savannah mayor. Jones served several weeks in the U.S. Senate in 1807 to fill out the unexpired term after the death of Abraham Baldwin. After his father died, Jones inherited Wormsloe and became involved in various enterprises - including planting, banking, and railroad promotion. He prospered in many of these undertakings and helped establish the philanthropic reputation of the Jones family and the Wormsloe Foundation.