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Benjamin Franklin Jones (industrialist)

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Benjamin Jones
Chair of the Republican National Committee
In office
June 6, 1884 – July 12, 1888
Preceded byDwight M. Sabin
Succeeded byMatt Quay
Personal details
Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr.

(1824-08-08)August 8, 1824
Claysville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMay 19, 1903(1903-05-19) (aged 78)
Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
SpouseMary McMasters

Benjamin Franklin Jones (August 8, 1824 – May 19, 1903) was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh, United States.[1] Originally involved in the river barge industry, he purchased a share in American Iron Works in 1851, along with Bernard Lauth.[2] He later joined with James H. Laughlin to form Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, a steel mill heavily dependent on river transportation. The B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa Pennsylvania, the site of J&L Steel's Aliquippa Works, was built in his honor with funds donated by his daughter.

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He was born on August 8, 1824, in Claysville, Pennsylvania. He married Mary McMasters and together they had a son, Benjamin Franklin Jones Jr. From 1884 to 1888 he was chairman of the Republican National Committee. He died on May 19, 1903, in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania.


He was executor of Laughlin's estate.[3]


As chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1884 to 1888, he was responsible for the James G. Blaine presidential campaign during the 1884 United States presidential election, in which Blaine was defeated by Grover Cleveland.

See also


  1. ^ "Family's Fourth". Time (April 13). April 13, 1936. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  2. ^ Swank, James Moore, ed. (1902). "Death of Hon. B.F. Jones". Statistics of the American and foreign iron trades for 1902. Annual statistical report of the American Iron and Steel Association. American Iron and Steel Association. Philadelphia: Allen, Lane & Scott. pp. 9–10. OCLC 7450172.
  3. ^ "They want the road sold" (PDF). The New York Times. Pittsburgh. February 2, 1890. p. 2. Retrieved December 6, 2021.
Party political offices
Preceded by Chair of the Republican National Committee
Succeeded by
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