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Jones, Aquilla

Prominent among the active business men of Indianapolis is the gentleman whose name stands above.  Mr. Jones is a native of North Carolina, came to Indiana in the year 1831, and resided in Columbus, Bartholomew County, until he was elected Treasurer of State in 1857 and removed to this city.

Since Mr. J. has been a citizen of this place he has engaged in many public as well as private enterprises.

He was for sometime a leading wholesale grocer on South Meridian street, but has now retired from that business.

As a State officer he was efficient, never jeopardizing the public money in private speculation, like most officials (however honest in their private transactions) are inclined to do.

He is at this time the Treasurer of the Rolling Mill Company, and also the Gatling Gun Company, positions that he is peculiarly fitted for, as he is well known to possess (as his success in life will prove) financial abilities of the first order.

He married the daughter of John W. Cox, who was for many years a leading politician of Morgan County.  We remember seeing him in the Senate from that county during the Presidency of General Jackson, and the old hero had not a warmer or more steadfast friend in that body.

Mr. Jones' only daughter is the wife of H. C. Holloway (a brother to the present Postmaster of this city), and is the Chief Clerk in the Money Order Department of the Post Office.

His oldest son, bearing the name of the father, is in active business, and inherits, to some extent, the business qualifications of his father.


Nowland, John H. B., “Early Reminiscences of Indianapolis, with Short Biographical Sketches of Its Early Citizens, and of a Few of the Prominent Business Men of the Present Day,” 1870, pp. 381-382


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