Jones was born in Buffalo, New York. His father was an engraver and encouraged him from childhood to be a sculptor. He attended the Albright Art School in Buffalo, New York. Aged 19, he won the Rome Prize Fellowship for three years of study at the American Academy in Rome. The judges, however, decided that he was too young to go at the time. He worked in the studio of Daniel Chester French while French was working on the seated Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial. Jones left French in 1917.
He enlisted and served in World War I and after the war took the fellowship in Rome.
At the request of the Government, Jones left his McDougal Alley studio in Greenwich Village, New York in 1944 and started work for the Institute of Heraldry in the Washington. He stayed with the Institute of Heraldry after the war ended.
He died in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Jones first job was a bust of General Grant for the Hall of Fame.
Jones designed the ornate 50-foot-high bronze doors for the New Library of Brooklyn. In Washington, D.C., he designed three reliefs of law givers for the House of Representatives chamber in the United States Capitol (1950) and the Statue of Christ in St. Matthews Church in Washington, D.C.
Jones married Mildred Dudley, and they had four children, Ann, Kim, June, and Peter. His daughter, June Jones had a daughter and son. His granddaughter had a beautiful daughter, who was also adopted just like his 4 children and his granddaughter has 3 great grandchildren who live in Mississippi where his daughter and granddaughter moved to for his daughter to do journalism in Harrison County, Mississippi. Both of his sons and daughters have died but his great grandkids and great-great-grand kids are attempting to reunite because of all of the adoptions.
His work earned him international acclaim and he was recognized by Who's Who in Art, Who's Who in America, and was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and exhibitor and member of the National Academy of Design.
- Richman, Michael, Daniel Chester French: An American Sculptor, The Preservation Press, Washington D.C., 1976 pp. 171-186
- Designing Medals, Seals, Tomb, Gate Work of Noted Heraldic Sculptor, The Pentagram News, 22 September, 1960, p. 5.
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