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John Quereau Jones

September 8, 1797
October 1, 1822
Home Town:
New York, NY
Later Residences:
New York, NY
Biographical Notes:
John Quereau Jones was the son of Joshua Jones and Margaret Renshaw Jones of New York City. In 1839, Prior to attending the Law School, Jones was graduated from Columbia College in 1815. After attending the Law School, Jones was admitted to the Bar in New York in 1819 and began the practice of law.

In 1821, Jones sailed for Europe. He attended a celebration of George Washington's birthday in Paris with Albert Gallatin, LaFayette, and others who all toasted the late general. Jones died in Paris on October 1, 1822.

Though he died some forty years prior to her birth, John Quereau Jones was the great-uncle of novelist Edith Wharton.
"He accordingly went to the celebrated Law School at Litchfield, and found in the seclusion of that delightful village, and in the lectures of its principals, abundant gratification of his desire, to drink from the fountain springs of legal knowledge. After spending more than a year at that place, he returned to this city and commenced the practice of his profession in the spring of 1819. A moment's attention is perhaps due to his standing at the Litchfield school. The deserved celebrity of that institution, as is well known, makes it a place of resort from all parts of the Union. Each state or territory has its representatives there; and great and various talent, as might reasonably be supposed, is frequently to be found among the students. Of the distinguished young men of the place, during ...
Additional Notes:
John Quereau Jones was previously confused with his cousin, John Quentin Jones, who was born in 1802. John Quentin was the son of Isaac Jones (brother of Joshua Jones). John Quentin was the president of Chemical Bank. He died in 1878.

Thanks to Marjorie Cox for information contributed for this page.

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Graduated from Columbia College in 1815.

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help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Handwritten list by William Samuel Johnson, Catalogue of the Students at Law in the school at Litchfield Conn. at & after Aug. 15th 1817, Connecticut Historical Society, Johnson Family Papers, 1722-1863, Box - Johnson Papers.

Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849.

"An Eulogy, Delivered on the Death of John Q. Jones, Esq. Before a Literary Society, by One of His Friends." American, Wednesday February 5, 1823, New York, NY.

Catalogue of Columbia College in the City of New-York, Columbia College, 1836 accessed online at

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