Benjamin Franklin Jones (industrialist)

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Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr. (August 8, 1824 – May 19, 1903) was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh.[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.

Biography

He was born on August 8, 1824 in Claysville, Pennsylvania. He married Mary McMasters and 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.

Legacy

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

Politics

As chairman of the Republican National Committee 1884 to 1888, he was responsible for the James G. Blaine presidential campaign.

See also

References

  1. ^ “Family’s Fourth”. Time (April 13). April 13, 1936. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
  2. ^ , 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 (Feb @). 1890. Retrieved 2008-08-09.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Dwight M. Sabin
Chairman of the Republican National Committee
1884–1888
Succeeded by
Matthew S. Quay


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