John Walter Jones
Premier from 1943 to 1953
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ON APRIL 14, 1878, John Walter Jones was born on the family farm at Pownal. After attending
school in his home area, he went to work on his father's farm until he entered Prince of Wales
College in 1897. On completion of his education at Prince of Wales, Walter Jones taught school
for a year and then went on to Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia graduating in 1904
with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
He returned to Prince Edward Island and was named principal of the MacDonald Consolidated School in Hillsborough, where he continued his teaching career until 1907 when he entered the Ontario Agricultural College of the University of Toronto. Two years later, he graduated with a degree in agriculture and went to the United States where he became superintendent of a Horticultural Department at the world's largest Experimental Farm in Arlington, Virginia. From his position in the United States, he was instrumental in starting the seed potato industry on Prince Edward Island because he could point out the advantages of the Island product to interested American buyers.
In 1912, Walter Jones returned to Canada and served on a Conservation Committee investigating the fox farming industry. He authored a book on the subject "Fur Farming in Canada', and this quickly established him as an authority on the fox farming industry. In 1914, he returned to Acadia to received his M.A. degree. Following graduation, he established a farm in Bunbury raising silver foxes. In 1918, he established a herd of purebred Holstein cattle for which he became internationally famous. His farming methods were extremely successful and he was the recipient of a number of national awards including Canada's first Individual Master Breeder Award. In 1935, he was awarded the King George V medal for being the best farmer on Prince Edward Island. His keen interest in the agriculture industry of his native province continued throughout his political career.
J. Walter Jones first entered the political field in 1921, running as a candidate for the Farmer Progressive party in the Federal election and he was defeated. He entered the provincial political arena in 1935 being elected to the legislature in the Liberal sweep in that general election representing the Belfast district. He was re-elected to the House in 1939, 1943, 1947 and 1950. Following the appointment of Honourable Thane A. Campbell to the position of Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island in 1943, Walter Jones became the twentieth Premier of the Province and served for 10 years.
In 1953 Premier Jones was appointed to the Senate of Canada, and died in Ottawa on March 31, 1954. He is buried in the Crossroads Christian Church Cemetery.