June 14, 1996
Dear Mr. Rue:
Thank you for the opportunity to provide what limited information there is available on Senator John P. Jones' tenure in the New York State Senate. Unfortunately, biographical information on State legislators prior to 1847 is scarce.
Senator John P. Jones of Monticello, Sullivan County, represented the Second Senatorial District for one term covering the years 1835, 1836, 1837 and 1838.
At that time, the Senate consisted of 32 members, who were elected four four terms, eight Senators were chosen annually. They were paid $3.00 a day.
The Legislative Journals for the period provide little in the way of Senator Jones' legislative initiatives or programs. Although he served on a number of committees, Sen. Jones was not listed as a prime sponsor of any specific piece of legislation.
It was interesting to note Senator Jones' novel approach for state aid on March 21, 1836 when: "Mr. Jones presented the petition of sundry inhabitants of the County of Orange, praying for aid in the constructino of the New York and Erie Railroad..."
In addition to selections from the Journal of the Senate for years 1835-38, I have enclosed a section on Sullivan County which provides an early history of the county and the Jones family involvement. For further detailed historical information, I would also suggest you refer to Quinlan's History of Sullivan County which should be available at the local library.
After compiling Senator Jones' biography, I would offer to sponsor a Senate Resolution or Proclamation in honor of his contributions and in tribute of the restoration of his memorial and grave by the Monticello Lodge No 532, F.&A.M.
I trust this information is interesting and useful.
Please keep me apprised of your progress.