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John William Jones (April 14, 1806 – April 27, 1871) was an American politician and physician who served in the United States Congress.

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Jones was born in Rockville, Maryland, in 1806. His family moved to Nicholas, Kentucky, in 1810. He attended Carlisle Semiary, studied medicina and practiced medicine in Washington, Tennessee, in 1826. At a later day he moved to Monroe, Georgia and then to Campbellton, Georgia, in 1829..

In 1830 and 1831, Jones attended the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and then moved to Culloden, Georgia in 1833. In 1836, Jones graduated from the Jefferson Medical College (current-day Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia.

Jones was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1837. He moved to Griffin, Georgia, in 1841. In 1846, Jones was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Whig to represent Georgia's 3rd congressional district. He did not run for reelection in 1848, serving one term from March 4, 1847 through March 3, 1849.

After his congressional service, Jones moved to Oak Bowery, Alabama, and practiced medicine in addition to serving on the board of the Oak Bowery Female College in 1850. The next year, he moved to Auburn, Alabama, and was a founder of the Auburn Masonic Female College (current-day Auburn High School). In 1856, Jones moved to Atlanta, Georgia, and was a professor at the Atlanta Medical College (current-day Emory University) from 1856 to 1862. During the American Civil War, Jones served as surgeon on the Confederate States Army. After the war, he returned to the Atlanta Medical College and served on that faculty from 1865 until 1870. Jones moved in 1871 to Decatur, Georgia, where he died on April 27 of that year. He was buried in Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery.

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