Jesse Holman Jones was an American Democratic politician and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. Jones managed a Tennessee tobacco factory at age fourteen, and at nineteen, he was put in charge of his uncle's lumberyards. Five years later, after his uncle, M. T. Jones, died, Jones moved to Houston to manage his uncle's estate and opened a lumberyard company, which grew quickly. During this period, Jesse opened his own business, the South Texas Lumber Company. He also began to expand into real estate, commercial building, and banking. His commercial building activities in Houston included mid-rise and skyscraper office buildings, hotels and apartments, and movie theaters. He constructed the Foster Building, home to the Houston Chronicle, in exchange for a fifty percent share in the newspaper, of which he acquired control in 1926.
|9th United States Secretary of Commerce|
September 19, 1940 – March 1, 1945
|President||Franklin D. Roosevelt|
|Preceded by||Harry Hopkins|
|Succeeded by||Henry A. Wallace|
Jesse Holman Jones
April 5, 1874
Robertson County, Tennessee, United States
|Died||June 1, 1956 (aged 82)|
Houston, Texas, United States
Texas real estate magnate who went on to lead the Reconstruction Finance Commission after making a fortune in the city.
He was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, his father William Hasque Jones a tobacco farmer.
From a young age, he was in charge of his father's industries. He relocated to oversee his uncle's lumberyards at the age of 19 and then to Houston, where he assisted in the construction of several of the city's famous structures.
His commission was central to the Democrat Party's New Deal of the 1930s, and as its chairman, Jones was politically the most powerful man in the land.
He served as Franklin D. Roosevelt 's Secretary of Commerce, the same post he had turned down more than two decades before.
● Jesse H. Jones was born on April 5, 1874 (age 82) in Tennessee, United States ● He is a celebrity entrepreneur ● His popular books are Fifty Billion Dollars - My Thirteen Years with the RFC, 1932-1945● He died on June 1, 1956, Houston, TX● His spouse is Mary Gibbs Jones (m. 1920–1956)
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