Biography of Edward C. Jones
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Jones, Edward C., who died in New Bedford, March 16, 1880, in the seventy fifth year of his age, was one of the ablest and most successful owners and agents of whale shipping that New Bedford ever produced, and for many years was prominently and closely identified with whaling interests. He was born in Nantucket, Mass., in 1805, and having removed to New Bedford at an early age received his education in private schools and at the Friends' Academy. Very early in life he began his business experience in a counting room, where he acquired habits of industry and a good knowledge of business methods, which contributed to the foundation of his subsequent prosperity. When a yotmg man he formed a copartnership with Capt. Elisha Dunbar, a whaling captain who had engaged in mercantile life, and under the name of Elisha Dunbar & Co., they carried on an extensive business as ship chandlers and agents, importers and dealers in bar iron, and attained a high standing. After the death of Captain Dunbar, which occurred in November, 1839, Mr. Jones continued the business alone and especially gave his experience and great executive ability to the management of his whaling interests with a view of increasing them largely; this purpose he carried out during thirty years of close application, using great caution in selecting officers for his ships with exceptionally profitable results and acquiring a large fortune. In his later years he relinquished the shipping business and devoted his time to the care of his other investments. He was a member of the board of directors of the Marine (now the First National Bank), and of the New Bedford Gas Light Company nearly from their organization. Although not college bred he was a man of culture and fine literary taste. He especially loved English literature and poetry. Mr. Jones was truly a man of sterling worth; he was of quiet, unobtrusive disposition, and had no ambition to shine in public office, the only position of this kind he ever held being as assessor of the town of New Bedford.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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