Banker Politician

David P. Jones

Quick Facts

IntroAmerican banker and politician
Was Politician
Banker
From United States of America
Type Finance
Politics
Gendermale
Birth 6 July 1860, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Death 3 August 1927
(aged 67 years)
Star signCancer

Biography

David Percy Jones (July 6, 1860 – August 3, 1927) was a banker and Republican politician who served as the 21st and 23rd mayor of Minneapolis.

Life and career

Jones was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Edwin S. Jones and Harriet M. James. His father was a lawyer and judge who had founded the Hennepin County Savings Bank and a mortgage investment firm. Jones attended Minneapolis Public Schools and the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1883 and working in his father’s investment firm thereafter. In 1898, Jones was elected to the Minneapolis City Council; he served as the council’s president beginning in 1900. When mayor A. A. Ames fled the city in 1902 to avoid prosecution for corruption, Jones became the city’s acting mayor and enacted a series of reforms to rein in the liquor, gambling and prostitution businesses which had proliferated under Ames. While he did not stand for re-election in the fall of 1902, he ran again in 1904 and won a second term where he continued his reforms. He was defeated in his bid for re-election in 1906.

Jones died in 1926.

Electoral history

  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1904

    • David Percy Jones 18,445
    • James C. Haynes 18,189
    • Milton K. Rogers 2,682
    • Charles M. Way 777
    • Benjamin Adolphus Frankford 296
  • Minneapolis Mayoral Election, 1906

    • James C. Haynes 21,778
    • David Percy Jones 18,213
    • Milton K. Rogers 1,002