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Jesse H. Jones

Public Service

Jones in his office

Jesse Jones in his office, circa 1940

Jones was adept at multitasking, and always approached problems with a multifaceted plan. Though a businessman above all, he was also conscious of the individual and sought to enhance the common good through his tenacity and entreprenueurial spirit. This combination of capitalism and public service propelled him into the national spotlight, beginning with his efforts working with the American Red Cross during World War I.