R. W. Jones

     Watson Jones, at present [1904] Vice-Chancellor and Professor of
Chemistry in the University of Mississippi, was born in Greensville county, Virginia, May 16, 1837. Graduating from Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, with the degree of B. A., he subsequently pursued a post-graduate course in the University of Virginia, from which institution he received the degree of M. A. in 1861.  In 1881 the degree of LL. D. was conferred upon him by Mississippi College, Clinton, Miss. 

     He served in the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1865, and had the honor of being present and surrendering his regiment at Appomattox Courthouse, Va. He entered the Confederate Army as a private and filled successively and successfully the positions of Captain (1862-1864) and Major (1864-1865). He was twice wounded and several times promoted. 

     Dr. Jones began teaching in 1866, being that year elected Professor of Mathematics in Randolph-Macon College. For three years he was President of the Petersburg Female College, and for five years President of Martha Washington College. He was Professor of Chemistry in the University of Mississippi from 1876 to 1885, which position he voluntarily resigned to accept the presidency of the newly established State Industrial Institute and College, Columbus, Miss. After three years of efficient service in this institution, he was called to the presidency of Emory and Henry College, Virginia. Voluntarily resigning this position, he returned to the University of Mississippi in 1890. He was married to Miss Bettie S. Spradley, of Greensville county, Virginia, Jan. 6, 1864.

     Dr. Jones is a member of the American Chemical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Mississippi Historical Society. He has also been actively connected with the Mississippi Young Men’s Christian Association since its organization, having been for eighteen years a member of the State Committee of the organization. He was literary editor of the Rural Messenger, Petersburg, Va., in 1870; of the Petersburg Courier, 1868-71; one of the associate-editors of the People’s Encyclopaedia, 1881-2. As an author he has contributed the following articles: “Cotton Army Worm” (1880), “Cotton Boll Worm” (1880), “How to Teach a Bible Class” (Sunday School Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., 1875), “The Prophet Elijah” (Ibid), and a large number of other contributions of a literary, scientific and educational nature. He has been a delegate to six General Conferences and one Ecumenical Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. —Editor.

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