Walter B. Jones Sr.

Walter Beaman Jones Sr. (August 19, 1913 – September 15, 1992), was an American Democratic politician from the state of North Carolina who served in the United States House of Representatives from 1966 until his death from natural causes in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1992.

Walter B. Jones Sr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st district
In office
February 5, 1966  September 15, 1992
Preceded byHerbert C. Bonner
Succeeded byEva Clayton
Member of the North Carolina State Senate
In office
Member of the North Carolina General Assembly
In office
Personal details
Walter Beaman Jones

(1913-08-19)August 19, 1913
Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedSeptember 15, 1992(1992-09-15) (aged 79)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ChildrenInclude Walter Jr.
Alma materNorth Carolina State University

Early life and education

Jones was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and attended Elise Academy, in Hemp, North Carolina. He received a Bachelor of Science in 1934 from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.


Jones became a businessman. Soon after graduation he married and started a family.

After getting established in local life, Jones was elected as mayor of Farmville from 1949 to 1953. He was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly from 1955 to 1959, and to the North Carolina State Senate in 1965.

Jones was elected as a Democrat to the 89th United States Congress by special election[1] to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Representative Herbert C. Bonner. He was reelected to the 90th, 91st, 92nd, 93rd, 94th, 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 101st, and 102nd United States Congresses, serving from February 5, 1966 to September 15, 1992. He was the chairman of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries from the 97th through 102nd Congresses.

He died in Norfolk, Virginia. His son Walter B. Jones Jr. served as a Republican congressman in North Carolina from 1995 to 2019. Walter Sr. is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Farmville, North Carolina.

See also


  1. Barone, Michael; Ujifusa, Grant (1987). The Almanac of American Politics 1988. National Journal. p. 881.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Herbert Covington Bonner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Eva M. Clayton
Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas W. L. Ashley
Chairman of House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee
Succeeded by
Gerry Studds

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