JOHN H. JONES was born in Queen Anne's County MD in 1809, and moved to Philadelphia at the age of 14, where he learned printing. He went into business for himself, and got into the business of publishing newspapers. His papers supported anti-immigration "Native American" principles, and were very popular in the Camden area. He moved to Camden and became the leader of the American Party.
John Jones was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress in 1858, and for Camden County Sheriff in 1859. He served as a freeholder from Camden's Seventh Ward. In 1870 he took control of the Camden Democrat, and revived the fortunes of that newspaper.
After defeating Henry H. Bonsall in the mayoral elections of 1874, John H. Jones succeeded Samuel Gaul as mayor. John H. Jones died before the completion of his term, on October 27, 1876. He was succeeded by John Morgan.
During the mayoral term of John H. Jones, Camden's second City Hall was completed, Cooper Hospital was incorporated on March 24, 1875, under the name of Camden Hospital, and Camden took part in the Centennial celebration of 1876.
1861- THE FIRST WAR MEETING IN CAMDEN
On the 16th of April, 1861, three days after the Confederates fired upon Fort Sumter, at the entrance of Charleston Harbor, a large number of loyal and patriotic citizens of Camden City and County issued the following vigorous and spirited response to the President's proclamation:
To the President Of the
unparalleled events of the last week have revealed to the citizens of
the United States, beyond question or the possibility of a doubt, that
peaceful reconciliation upon the form of our Constitution is repelled
and scorned, and secession means, in the hearts of its supporters, both
Treason and war against our Country and Nation.
" We, therefore, the undersigned Loyal Citizens of the United States, and inhabitants of the city of Camden, in the State of New Jersey, responding to the proclamation of the President of the United States, hereby declare our unalterable determination to sustain the government in its efforts to maintain the honor, the integrity and the existence of our National Union and the perpetuity of the popular Government, and to redress the wrongs already long enough endured; no differences of political opinion; no badge of diversity upon points of party distinction, shall restrain or withhold us in the devotion of all we have or can command to the vindication of the Constitution, the maintenance of the laws and the defense of the Flag Of our Country."
response to a call, on the 18th of April an enthusiastic meeting was
held in the county court-house, which was formed of a large collection
of prominent citizens. The court-room was decorated with flags and
mottoes. John W. Mickle was chosen president and Samuel C. Harbert and
Thomas G. Rowand secretaries. The president addressed the meeting first
and Rev. Mr. Monroe offered a prayer. Hon. Thomas P. Carpenter, Thomas
B. Atkinson (mayor) and Joseph Painter were appointed a committee on
resolutions. Judge Philip J. Grey addressed the meeting, after which the
committee adopted a long series of patriotic resolutions. The Washington
Grays, Stockton Cadets and the Zouaves marched into the room and were
received with cheers, Samuel Hufty read a resolution which was signed by
many persons, who immediately formed the Home Brigade. David M.
Chambers, Captain Stafford, Benjamin
M. Braker, John
H. Jones and E. A. Acton each addressed the meeting. James M. Scovel
was then called upon and responded in eloquent terms and with patriotic
energy. S. H. Grey offered a resolution, which was adopted, that the
City Council and the Freeholders of the county be requested to
appropriate money for the equipment of persons who may volunteer in
defense of the country, and S. H. Grey, James
M. Cassady and Joseph Painter were appointed a committee to look
after the interests of the resolution. The meeting continued in session
until eleven p.m.
Camden Post-Telegram * September 12, 1904
W. Howell - Lewis E. Foy - Isaac Mickle
- Philip J. Gray - John
John W.F. Bleakly - Kaighn School
Philadelphia Inquirer - January 5, 1909
H. Jones - David W. Belisle - Rudolph W. Burdsall
|Camden Courier-Post - May 1, 1933|
- Evergreen Cemetery - Isaac Cooper - William J. Hatch - Benjamin
Richard W. Howell - Joseph J. Hatch - Benjamin Browning - Charles Sloan - Cooper Browning
Thomas A. Wilson - J.C. Sidney - John Hanna - Richard Fetters - Hope Fetters
Christopher A. Bergen - John H. Jones - Dr. Thomas F. Cullen - D. Frank Garrison
Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.)
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