Sep. 14, 1832 Barrington Strafford County New Hampshire, USA
Oct. 2, 1902 Portsmouth Rockingham County New Hampshire, USA
US Congressman. He was active in numerous businesses, most notably a brewery that by the 1870s was the largest ale brewer in the United States. He invested his profits in other ventures, including hotels, banks, and race horses. He was elected Mayor of Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1867 and served from 1868 to 1869. He was then elected as a Democrat to represent New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1875 to 1879. He unsuccessfully ran for New Hampshire Governor in 1880, losing to Charles Henry Bell. He remained active in the Democratic party, and was an advocate for expansion of the Portsmouth Navy Yard. He was a supporter of Grover Cleveland and in 1885 declined President Cleveland's offer to nominate him for Secretary of the Navy. In the 1890s he sold his brewery to British investors and became active in railroads and insurance. In 1896 he broke with the Democratic party and was a delegate to the 1900 Republican national convention. The Frank Jones Brewing remained in business until Prohibition in 1917; in the 1990s a local microbrewery briefly revived the name, and inn 2000 Nutfield Brewing Company reintroduced Frank Jones Ale. The building that housed his brewery is today home to Tecnomatix Unicam, a computer software company. (bio by: Bill McKern)
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Only roses will do...nothing but the best for cousin Frank. Your grandfather, Peletiah Jones, is my 4th great-grandfather. In the course of my service in the USAF, I operated for a brief time out of Pease AFB NH, never knowing you once owned the land the...(Read more) -
Katie H Added: Sep. 2, 2015