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Walter Flood Jones (1776–1861)


Walter Flood Jones studied law under Bushrod Washington.


Walter Flood Jones, the son of Congressman Walter Jones, was born on 7 October 1776. Tutor-educated, he gained admittance to the Virginia bar at the age of nineteen. His long and distinguished legal career included a record 317 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, many of them made while serving as U.S. attorney for the District of Potomac (180204) and the District of Columbia (180421).


"From James Madison to Walter Jones Jr., 20 July 1805," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, vol. 10, 1 July 1805–31 December 1805, ed. Mary A. Hackett, J. C. A. Stagg, Mary Parke Johnson, Anne Mandeville Colony, and Katherine E. Harbury. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014, pp. 91–92]

Kathleen Shurtleff, "The Record Holding Mr. Jones," The Supreme Court Historical Society Quarterly, Volume 15, Number 1 (1994), 46, 914.

A Guide to the Walter Jones Papers, 18461850, Library of Virginia, Richmond (Archival Resources of the Virginias).

Gen Walter Flood Jones at Find a Grave.

Gen Walter Flood Jones at FamilySearch.