Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Thomas McKissack Jones

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Location: South Rhodes St north of East Cemetery St., Pulaski, TN
County: Giles
Coordinates: N 35° 11.586    W 087° 1.734
  35.1931    -87.0289
Waymark: None


Thomas McKissack Jones
— Mayor-Judge
Representative to Confederate Congress —

Thomas Jones was born in Peron County, North Carolina on December 12, 1816 and moved to Giles County with his family in 1817. Jones received his early education at Wurtemburg Academy and studied at the University of Alabama and University of Virginia. He returned to Pulaski in 1835 and studied law in the offices of Flournoy and Rivers.

With the outbreak of the Seminole War, Jones raised a large company of volunteers called the “Pulaski Hyenas”, which became Company A of the First Tennessee Mounted Men. He rose to the rank of Captain and led his troops in the battles of Lost Creek, Wahoo Swamp and Withlocoochee.

After the war, Jones obtained a license to practice law and formed a partnership with John W. Goode. Jones served as the Mayor of Pulaski from 1842-1843 and 1851 and as Recorder in 1841. In 1845 he was elected to the Tennessee General Assembly for one term and in 1847 was elected to the Tennessee State Senate. Jones was elected and served in the first session of the Confederate Congress but did not seek re-election, preferring to return to Pulaski. When federal troops captured Pulaski, Jones was taken prisoner but was paroled by Military Governor Andrew Johnson.

After the Civil War, Jones resumed his law practice and pursued business interests. He held several judiciary appointments including a special appointment to the Tennessee Supreme Court. Jones was a Democrat and served as a delegate to four Democratic National Conventions and represented Giles County in the 1870 Tennessee Constitutional Convention. Judge Thomas M. Jones died on March 13, 1892.

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