The Hon.
Alfred Gilpin Jones
Alfred Gilpin Jones.jpg
8th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
July 26, 1900 – March 15, 1906
MonarchVictoria
Edward VII
Governor GeneralThe Earl of Minto
The Earl Grey
PremierGeorge Henry Murray
Preceded byMalachy Bowes Daly
Succeeded byDuncan Cameron Fraser
Personal details
Born(1824-09-28)September 28, 1824
Weymouth, Nova Scotia
DiedMarch 15, 1906(1906-03-15) (aged 81)
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Political partyLiberal

Alfred Gilpin Jones, PC (September 28, 1824 – March 15, 1906) was a Canadian businessman, politician, and eighth Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.[1]

Born in Weymouth, Nova Scotia, the son of Guy Carleton Jones and Frances Jones, he was a merchant and established his own firm, A. G. Jones and Company, in 1872.

Alfred Gilpin Jones, St. Paul's Church (Halifax)
Alfred Gilpin Jones, St. Paul's Church (Halifax)

In 1867, he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada for the riding of Halifax. One of 18 members elected of the Anti-Confederation Party, he became an independent in 1869 and was defeated in 1872. He was re-elected in 1874 but was forced to resign in 1878 due to an alleged breach of the Independence of Parliament Act. He was re-elected in the resulting 1878 by-election and was appointed Minister of Militia and Defence from January to October. He was defeated in the 1878 election and in 1882. He was re-elected in 1887 as a Liberal but was defeated in 1891. From 1900 until his death in Halifax in 1906, he was the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia.

Family

Miss Alice Jones (author) by Gauvin & Gentrel, Halifax
Miss Alice Jones (author) by Gauvin & Gentrel, Halifax

Jones was married twice: to Margaret Wiseman Stairs, the aunt of John Fitzwilliam Stairs, in 1850 and to Emma Albro in 1877. Jones and his first wife, Margaret Wiseman had a daughter Alice, who was a writer known under her nom de plume Alix John. Alice Jones was born and educated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and studied languages in France and Italy. She wrote for the Toronto Week, and contributed a serial, "A Hazard of Hearts," to Frank Leslie's Monthly. She published a novel "The Night Hawk" in 1902 and "Bubbles We Buy" in 1903.[2][3]

Electoral history

1891 Canadian federal election: Halifax
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Conservative Thomas Edward Kenny 5,274 27.69 Green tickY
Conservative John Fitzwilliam Stairs 5,262 27.63 Green tickY
Liberal Alfred Gilpin Jones 4,335 22.76  
Liberal Edward Farrell 4,174 21.92  
Total valid votes 19,045 100.00
1887 Canadian federal election: Halifax
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Liberal Alfred Gilpin Jones 4,243 25.53 Green tickY
Conservative Thomas Edward Kenny 4,181 25.15 Green tickY
Conservative John Fitzwilliam Stairs 4,099 24.66  
Liberal H.H. Fuller 4,098 24.66  
Total valid votes 16,621 100.00
1874 Canadian federal election: Halifax
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Independent Liberal Patrick Power 3,186 45.52 Green tickY
Independent Alfred Gilpin Jones 2,979 42.56 Green tickY
Unknown G. Robb 834 11.92  
Total valid votes 6,999 100.00
1872 Canadian federal election: Halifax
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Liberal–Conservative William Johnston Almon 2,528 25.55 Green tickY
Liberal Stephen Tobin 2,486 25.12 Green tickY
Independent Liberal Patrick Power 2,452 24.78  
Independent Alfred Gilpin Jones 2,430 24.56  
Total valid votes 9,896 100.00
1867 Canadian federal election: Halifax
Party Candidate Votes % Elected
Anti-Confederation Alfred Gilpin Jones 2,381 26.28 Green tickY
Anti-Confederation Patrick Power 2,367 26.13 Green tickY
Unknown John Tobin 2,158 23.82  
Unknown S.L. Shannon 2,154 23.77  
Total valid votes 9,060 100.00

References

  1. ^ McConnell, Brian. "The Hon. Alfred Gilpin Jones & the Loyalists of Nova Scotia" (PDF). United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada.
  2. ^ Morgan, Henry James, ed. (1903). Types of Canadian Women and of Women who are or have been Connected with Canada. Toronto: Williams Briggs. p. 183.
  3. ^ Alice Jones - image