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The following pages contain tributes to the 
memory of Mr. John D. Jones by various com- 
panies and institutions with which he was 
identified. They are presented in this form as 
an enduring testimonial to his worth. 

Much could be written concerning his career 
that would be inspiring and uplifting, but it is 
not proposed to write a biography. His person- 
ality and character are indelibly impressed upon 
the hearts of those with whom he was so long 
associated, and his influence has gone forth, 
giving a nobler tone and energy to the forces 
which are moulding the commercial world. 

1Resolution5 afcoptcb by tbe trustees. 

At the special meeting of the Trustees of the 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, held on the 24th 
day of September, 1895, it was unanimously 

Resolved, That we record with heartfelt sorrow the 
death, on Sunday, 2 2d instant, of John D. Jones, who 
has been identified with this Company throughout the 
entire period of its existence, and who has been its 
President for the last forty years, and whose life has 
been devoted to its upbuilding and to the maintenance 
of its usefulness as an instrumentality of commerce. 

The characteristics of his administration were unsur- 
passed skill and ability as a marine underwriter, rare 
foresight and breadth of view and steadiness of judg- 
ment, unswerving integrity and purity of purpose, 
prompt and intelligent recognition of the dictates of 
justice and sound policy, and quiet but unyielding firm- 
ness of resolution in the enforcement of these dictates. 
His standards of conduct and duty were high and were 
never lowered in deference to selfish or unworthy 

motives. He was a Christian gentleman and a public- 
spirited citizen, ready at all times to forward, without 
ostentation, all good works, whether religious, patriotic 
or charitable. 

Resolved, That we shall ever bear in grateful re- 
membrance the unfailing and genial courtesy, kindliness 
and considerateness which have marked the intercourse 
of Mr. Jones with his fellow Trustees, and which justify 
the feeling on our part that the loss of his services to 
the Company and to the public is to us the loss of a 
personal friend. 

Resolved, That as a token of respect, we attend the 
funeral in a body. 

/llMnutes of a meetino of tbe Employees of tbe Btlantic 
/[Dutual flnsurance Co., belo Sept. 23o, 1805. 

The meeting was called to order by George H. 
Nevvbould, who called for the nomination of a chair- 

Mr. T. P. Johnson nominated Mr. Grove P. Mitchell, 
and Mr. Mitchell was unanimously elected chairman. 

The Chair appointed Mr. Bradford Darrach secretary. 

The object of the meeting was stated, by the Chair, 
to be the adoption of resolutions upon the death of the 
late President, Mr. John D. Jones. 

On motion of Mr. Theo. P. Johnson, the Chair 
appointed the following named gentlemen a committee 
to prepare and report suitable resolutions, viz.: Messrs. 
Matthias Nicoll, Theo. P. Johnson and Crossman 

The committee reported as follows : 

Resolved, That it is with heartfelt sorrow that we 
learn of the death of our beloved President, John D. 
Jones. His long service as President of the Company, 

and in making it one of the greatest and most useful 
instrumentalities of the commerce of the world, has 
won for him an enviable reputation among all those 
interested in that commerce. The ability and devotion 
to duty and unsullied honor with which he has invari- 
ably discharged his trust have been within our daily 
observation, and have been a guide and example of 
inestimable value to us in the discharge of our several 
duties. In our relations with him we have always 
experienced impartial justice and unfailing courtesy and 
kindness. His death comes to us as a personal bereave- 
ment, and we shall mourn his loss as that of a true, 
staunch and generous friend. 

Resolved, That a copy of this minute be transmitted 
to Mrs. Jones with the expression of our deep sympathy 
in her bereavement. 

Resolved, That we attend the funeral of our late 
President in a body. 

The resolutions, upon being read, were unanimously 
adopted, and upon motion, duly seconded, the meeting 



Whereas, Our Heavenly Father in His wisdom has 
taken away from us Mr. John D. Jones, the esteemed 
President of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, 
which Company we have the honor to serve, and 

Whereas, Mr. Jones has uniformly shown to us 
peculiar kindness ; by his example of goodness, by his 
attention to business, his appreciation of the truth and 
his abhorrence of sin we have learned to highly vene- 
rate his character and esteem him, therefore 

Resolved, That we mourn the loss we have sus- 
tained, and we extend to his family heartfelt sympathy. 

Resolved, The example left us by the life of Mr. 

Jones will be a stimulus to us, and we give expression 

of our gratitude for our privilege in that respect. 


James A. Jones, 
John W. Souser, 
Charles H. Smith, 
John Townsend, 
Osceola Delamar. 
September 23, 1895. 

XLbc following flDemorlal prepared b£ 

Clifford H. ifoano, Esq., a warm frfeno of /R>r. 
Sones, was presentee to tbc Boaro of ^Trustees 
of tbc Btlantic Mutual Insurance Company, at its 
meeting Oct. 20, 1895, auo unanimously passeo. 



John ID- Jones, 

Entered on tbc IRecorfefl of tbc 

Htlantic flDutual Insurance Company, 

.iiSr Direction of tbc JSoaro of (Trustees, 

at a state? meeting 

October 20, IS05. 

Ifn flfoemor\> of Jobn 5), 3one$. 

The subject of this memoir departed this life at his 
country residence, in South Oyster Bay, on Sunday, 
22d September, 1895. On the morning of the following 
Wednesday the funeral rites were performed in Old 
Trinity, at the head of the street where his busy career 
of over half a century had been run. The church was 
filled to its utmost capacity, largely with men of affairs 
who turned aside from their own pressing engagements 
in the busiest part of the day. Flags were set at half- 
mast upon the various exchanges and the shipping in 
the harbor and the banks and other leading offices. 
Organizations for religious, charitable and business 
purposes, with which the deceased had been identified, 
hastened to pass resolutions of respect and regret ; not 
the least significant of these testimonies being that of 
the large force of young men who had been under 
his immediate direction and supervision. And these 


unusual honors were not official dues to public power or 
station. They were spontaneous tributes to the mem- 
ory of a private citizen, who had never sought or held 
public office, but whose long life had been so lived as 
to be of true, it may be hoped of permanent, advantage 
to the community of which it had been part, and so 
lived as to call for something more than passing notice. 

John D. Jones was born at Cold Spring Harbor on 
the 15th day of August, 18 14, of an old and reputable 
Long Island family. His father, John H. Jones, a 
worthy and hospitable country gentleman of the old 
school and of the best type, was at the head of milling 
and other enterprises, including a whaling fleet, the 
waters of whose home port washed the beach of the 
grounds of his mansion house. His uncle, Walter R. 
Jones, became eminent as a marine underwriter, in con- 
nection with the Atlantic Insurance Company and its 
successor, the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, of 
which he was the first president. The family was thus 
closely identified with ocean adventure. 

When about fifteen years of age, and after having 
profited by the common schools of his native town and 
his father's excellent training, John D. Jones came to 
the city of New York and, under the auspices of his 


uncle, entered the service of the Atlantic Insurance 
Company. According to the fashion of the time, he 
began at the foot of the ladder and made himself ser- 
viceable in such ways, however humble, and for such 
times as were desired by his superiors. But sterling 
qualities, early manifested, gave the right and promise 
of sure, if not rapid, advancement. Without wholly 
severing his connection with the "Atlantic," he accepted 
in 1837 the office of secretary of the Merchants' Marine 
Insurance Company, but in a few years was recalled to 
the "Atlantic" and chosen to be its secretary. Upon 
the displacement of this last company by the present 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, he became secre- 
tary of the new company, and on June 6, 1849, ^ ts 
second vice-president, and on February 15, 1854, its 
vice-president, and on April 25, 1S55, in succession to 
his deceased uncle, its president. By successive annual 
elections he continued to hold the presidency until his 
death. His relations to the company and to its imme- 
diate predecessor thus covered the period of sixty-six 
years, from the fifteenth to the eighty-second year of 
his age. 

The record of the company has, from the beginning, 
been a proud one, not only by reason of its extraordi- 


nary material prosperity, but for the better reason that, 
in its department of national and international com- 
merce, it has uniformly upheld the highest standards of 
equitable and honorable dealing and administration. 
While the foundations were well laid by Josiah L. Hale 
and Walter R. Jones, yet the carrying up and mainte- 
nance of the superstructure was, to a great degree, 
under the wise direction and fostering care of John D. 
Jones. His policy was broad and enlightened, his 
sense of justice was clear and unequivocal, his judgment 
was far-sighted and well balanced, his devotion to trust 
duty was unfaltering, his integrity was unassailable and 
his zeal was indefatigable. It was intended that no 
honest merchant need appeal, beyond the president, to 
an outside tribunal. No undeserving claimant could 
hope to win favor through underhanded diplomacy. In 
the light of these salient characteristics of management, 
so steadily and resolutely upheld, for so many years, by 
Mr. Jones and the officers associated with him and the 
employees selected and disciplined by them, the remark- 
able success of the company is but the natural result of 
obvious and adequate causes. Nor should it be over- 
looked that the choice of those associates and assistants 
was never dictated by caprice. The object held in 


view was to so man and adjust the organization, that 
its career might be uninterrupted whenever his own 
guiding hand was removed. 

Beyond the daily routine of business there were, 
moreover, exceptional emergencies which tested the 
institution and its control. A notable instance was that 
of the civil war, adding, as it did, critical peril of the 
nation to the ordinary perils of its commerce. The 
"Atlantic" was a prompt subscriber to the first issue of 
government bonds, for replenishing an empty treasury 
to enable President Lincoln to meet his extraordinary 
expenditures. Soon arose the grave and delicate 
responsibility of so dealing with the hazard of priva- 
teers as, consistently with other rights and interests, to 
shield, in so far as might be, the American merchant 
marine, not merely from physical destruction, but from 
total disuse occasioned by fear of such destruction. 
The majority of the underwriting organizations be- 
trayed an inclination to stand aloof from this hazard. 
Not so with the ''Atlantic." In company with the late 
Capt. Charles H. Marshall, then one of the trustees, 
Mr. Jones visited Washington and had full and frank 
conferences with Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward, who 
welcomed his explanations of the co-relations of Ameri- 


can credit and war resources with American commerce. 
Ascertaining from them that not a single cruiser was, 
at the moment, available to patrol the main commercial 
highways, he obtained assurances that this need would 
be supplied as soon as practicable, and a further assur- 
ance that the administration would receive, and duly 
represent, claims upon England, for losses inflicted by 
cruisers issuing from her ports, and for which, as he 
contended, she ought to be held responsible. Upon 
the faith of these assurances, Mr. Jones promised that 
his company would do its full part in sustaining the 
government, by undertaking the risks in question. 
How faithfully and amply the promise was fulfilled is 
best shown by the company's record, of war risks freely 
assumed and of losses promptly paid, throughout the 
period of devastation wrought by the "Alabama," the 
"Shenandoah" and their comrades. How faithfully 
Mr. Lincoln and his Secretary of State performed their 
part of the mutual understanding, was testified by the 
receipt of claims and proofs (supplied to a large extent 
by the company) and by the presentment of and insist- 
ence upon them at London. It needs not to be said 
that these great statesmen were in nowise blamable for 
the ultimate diversion of proceeds of the claims, long 


after they had passed from the stage, through misinfor- 
mation and evil influences prevailing with Congress in 
its disposition of the fund. And in this connection it 
would be interesting to trace the substantial, although 
unproclaimed, services of Mr. Jones in promoting the 
final settlement of post belhim disputes between the two 
kindred nations, a settlement of infinitelv greater con- 
sequence than the collection of a sum of money, in that 
it was a grand precedent for peaceful arbitrament and 
in that it established rules of neutral duty and obliga- 
tion of incalculable benefit to ocean commerce. 

While the attention of Mr. Jones to the interests 
under his immediate care was never relaxed, yet it was 
not limited to them. Me was a member of the Chamber 
of Commerce and of the Board of Underwriters and a 
director of various other corporations. The pilot, the 
wrecking and the coast life-saving systems are among 
the affairs of public concern which owe him a heavy 
debt of gratitude. To the pilots in particular, as a reli- 
able licensed and disciplined force, he was a life-long 
bulwark against adverse legislation as well as against 
errors of policy on their own part. So with the mer- 
chant marine, it is indebted to his foresight and human- 
ity for the nautical school, and its tendency to gradually 


lift the sailor out of his degradation, and to make his 
calling skilled and properly trained and self-respecting. 
But time will not permit pursuit in detail of these 
multiform activities. 

In all things and always Mr. Jones proved himself to 
be one of nature's noblemen, true as steel, incorruptible, 
unselfish and magnanimous, modest and retiring, gentle 
as a woman, yet inflexible for the right. In the expres- 
sive language of Mr. George Bliss, one of the members 
of the Board, in conversation with a friend after the 
funeral service, " He was one of those pure men who 
always inspired confidence, and of that child-like nature 
that those who really knew him could not but love 
him." There can be ready concurrence in the feeling 
tribute paid to his memory by the office employees, and 
in the course of which they say of him that " the ability 
and devotion to duty and unsullied honor, with which 
he has invariably discharged his trust, have been within 
our daily observation, and have been a guide and ex- 
ample of inestimable value to us in the discharge of 
our several duties." So with the willing testimony of 
these young men that " in our relations with him we 
have always experienced impartial justice and unfailing 
courtesy and kindness," and that " his death comes to 


us as a personal bereavement, and we shall mourn his 
loss as that of a true, staunch and generous friend." 

In his domestic and social relations Mr. Jones was 
uniformly gracious, hospitable and unselfish. His man- 
ner was peculiarly cordial and winning, especially to 
the young, with whose thoughts, wishes and pursuits 
he had always a ready sympathy. Indeed, the chill of 
age never fell upon his spirit, which, to the last and to 
a remarkable degree, retained the freshness and gayety 
of youth. And in that vein were playful verses, occa- 
sionally written by him in his later years with abundant 
grace and vivacity, but carefully withheld from knowl- 
edge of any but the nearest friends. .Making no pre- 
tensions to the role of a man of learning, he was yet a 
diligent student and reader of well-chosen volumes, 
which filled his library, and he thus attained a solid 
self-culture which no college-bred man could afford to 

Mr. Jones married in June, 1852, Josephine Katharine, 
a daughter of the late Gen. Henry Floyd-Jones of South 
Oyster Bay. The tender and faithful mutual affection 
which blessed this union is a topic to which we are not 
permitted to more than refer. He was survived by this 
lady and by his brothers, Samuel A. Jones and Walter 

R. T. Jones, and his sister, Mrs. Stewart, and by chil- 
dren of his deceased sister, Mrs. Charles B. Moore, and 
his deceased brothers, Townsend and William. He 
was a devout Christian and a public-spirited citizen, 
shunning all obtrusion of himself, but prompt in 
response to every call for the benefit of Church or 
State. His charities were streams of abounding gener- 
osity, ever flowing to better the condition and alleviate 
the sufferings of his fellow men. 

A life of such unpretentious goodness presents no 
startling features for historical record. Nevertheless, it 
insures the truest happiness on earth and the best 
promise for eternity. Nor can we doubt its enduring 
value to mankind. The cloisters of the middle ages 
not only sheltered older civilizations from the savagery 
of rude contending forces, but kept in being processes 
of thought and influence for the ultimate mastery of 
these forces. There are other cloisters of our day, in 
the centres of finance and commerce, where the admin- 
istrators of great trusts and responsibilities, by thought- 
ful adherence to correct principles, can silently yet 
steadily help to keep in check the same fierce passions, 
struggling in their modern form of pursuit of wealth 
and the power which it confers. The lessons they 


teach ought not to be forgotten. Their achievement 
and example can worthily and usefully be commem- 


Mr. Jones had been continuously an officer of the 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company almost co-eval 
with the history of the company, for fifty-three years, 
first as its secretary and since 1855 as its president. 

During that long period, two hundred and thirteen 
persons have been identified with the company in 
official and clerical positions, and of this number sixty- 
three were connected with the company at the time of 
his death. Many of them had been with the company 
for over forty years. To these he was strongly attached, 
and often referred to them in terms of great tenderness. 

To evince his attachment to those so long associated 
with him, he made the following provision in his will ; 

"Tenth. — I direct that Ten thousand dollars be dis- 
tributed among the officers and clerks who at my 
decease shall be in the employment of the Atlantic 
Mutual Insurance Company in proportion to their 
respective annual salaries in the said employment. 
Such distribution is intended for a token of my sincere 
regard for gentlemen who in subordinate positions 
shall have been and be thus associated with me in the 


service of the company and whose fidelity and skill 
shall have continued to contribute to its prosperity — 
And my executors are authorized to delegate the mak- 
ing of such distribution to my friends William H. H. 
Moore and Anton A. Raven, whose allotment or appor- 
tionment thereof shall be conclusive — And any inheri- 
tance tax which under the laws of the State of New 
York shall be chargeable upon the sums given by this 
article of my will are to be borne by and paid out of 
my general estate." 

The following acknowledgment of the recipients 
shows how promptly and graciously the distribution 
was made : 

Office of 
The Atlantic Mutual Insurance Co., 

No. 51 Wall St., corner of William. 

New York, April 9th, 1896. 

Dear Mrs. Jones : 

The gentlemen in the office were deeply impressed 
with your interest in the distribution of the money 
bequeathed them in Mr. Jones's will, and the expression 
of your pleasure in connection with it. 


It affords me great satisfaction to send you an 
acknowledgment with all the signatures. Some little 
delay has occurred on account of the absence of one or 

Most cordially, 

A. A. Raven. 
Mrs. J. D. Jones. 

The distribution of the money bequeathed by the 
will of our late honored President, John D. Jones, to 
the officers and clerks of the company, emphasizes the 
unique character of Mr. Jones in his position as head 
of a large financial institution. 

We could not but regard him as a man of noble and 
generous impulses. His deep and abiding interest in 
our welfare was ever manifest. He seemed to have 
been unwilling that death itself should bring that inter- 
est to a close, and with a loving and generous provision 
he has left us a parting gift which we accept as a token 
that will keep fresh in our memory the friend and 
leader who has pfone before us. 

New York, April 7th, 1896. 


W. H. H. MOORE, 



E. H. LEVY, 





*Mrs. D. B. VAN HOUTEN, 

* Mr. Van Houten had passed away before the distribution was made. 


Office of 
The Board of Underwriters of New York. 

New York, Sept. 26th, 1895. 

The following resolutions were adopted at a meeting 
of the Board of Underwriters of New York held 
on the 24th inst. : 

Resolved, That this Board has received with feel- 
ings of deep sorrow the announcement of the decease 
of John D. Jones, President of the Atlantic Mutual 
Insurance Company, who for over forty years has been 
a member of this Board and its honored President 
twenty-five years ; 

That by the death of Mr. Jones we have lost one 
whose large experience, extensive knowledge, great 
ability as a marine underwriter, and whose judiciousness 
of counsel and gentle courtesy, extended at all times, 
have always commanded our admiration and respect. 

Ordered, That these resolutions be recorded in the 
book of minutes and published, and as a further expres- 
sion of our respect for his memory and heartfelt sym- 
pathy, that a copy of them be transmitted to Mrs. 


James F. Cox, Vice-President. 

J as. A. Whitlock, Secretary. 


Special flftcctinc; 


^bc H^^ociation of H^erage H&Justcr$ 

Of tbc 'Umtefc States, 

Held at the rooms of the Association, New York, Sep' 
tember 25th, 1895, to take action in reference to the 
death of Mr. John D. Jones. 

Present: Mr. Jonathan B. Currey, the President, in 
the chair; Mr. Charles C. Tyler, Secretary, recording; 
Messrs. Jacob R. Telfair, W. Irving Comes, William 
A. Walker, James Lawson, J. Raymond Smith, Henry 
Wreaks. Richard H. Farrell, Hugo Menzel, Charles 
Myers, Walter D. Despard, Alfred Ogden, W. R. Coe 
and George A. Prentice. 

The President, in opening the meeting, said : 
Gentlemen : This meeting is called to take action 
in reference to the death of Mr. John D. Jones, Hon- 
orary Member of this Association. Mr. Jones died on 
Sunday last at his country seat, South Oyster Bay, in 
the 8 2d year of his age. For nearly seventy years he 


was connected with the maritime interests of this city, 
acquiring a reputation for integrity and ability second 
to no one in its commercial history. In early life, for a 
number of years he was a practicing adjuster, and upon 
the organization of this Association was elected an 
Honorary Member. From the beginning he was in 
full sympathy with the objects and workings of the 
society, and his interest continued through life. To 
his liberality we are indebted largely for our library 
and for much aid in other directions. This meeting, as 
I stated, is called for the purpose of taking some action 
as to our loss, and I await your pleasure. 

Mr. William A. Walker then took the floor and 
spoke as follows : 

Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen : The death of Mr. 
Jones brings to our minds reflections which lead us to 
believe, and truly, too, I think, that we, as a body of 
adjusters have sustained a great loss. 

It may not be known to some of you that Mr. Jones 
was at one time an adjuster, and as such, bore his part 
in that great field with credit. Subsequently, in his 
connection with the Atlantic Insurance Company, in 
the relation of Secretary, Vice-President and President 
of that Association, adjustments of many and varied 
kinds came before him for consideration. With the 
knowledge which he had obtained in the active practice 
of his profession as an adjuster, he was peculiarly quali- 


fied to pass judgment upon those adjustments, which he 
invariably did with a sense of justice and with a practi- 
cal knowledge derived from personal experience with 
and appreciation of the labors necessary to their 

I believe that Mr. Jones was always the friend of the 
adjuster. I think he looked upon an adjustment as 
something that peculiarly appealed to him, to his under- 
standing and to his tastes, and to me it seemed that he 
always took great interest in them. If at any time he 
seemed captious or fault-finding, as some have thought 
he was at times, I fully believe that it was only in his 
outspoken earnestness that the right course should be 
pursued, and that adjustments should be made accord- 
ing to laws and principles which appertain to that 

In my experience with him during many years, I 
have found him devotedly attached to the rules and the 
laws and to the usages and customs which the courts 
have recognized as just and laid down for our govern- 

For nearly half a century he was President of the great- 
est marine insurance company in America, and during 
that time we all know with what strictness, with what 
intelligence, and with what ability and fidelity he ful- 
filled the burdensome duties of that most responsible 


As a friend, the character of Mr. Jones was interest- 
ing in a high degree. He was thoroughly loyal. Those 
to whom he had attached himself never had, so far as 
my knowledge goes, and so far as report has shown us, 
cause to complain of his relations to them. Most 
especially was he attached to those in his office. His 
loyalty to them and his care and consideration for their 
interests in various ways were always marked. This 
was not confined to his staff of officers, but was ex- 
tended with a tender interest to all in the employ of 
the Company. We have had ample evidence of this, 
and as for myself, I have often heard it expressed in 
warm terms by those whose privilege it was to serve 
in any capacity the interests of the Company of which 
Mr. Jones was the head. 

I think, gentlemen, that personally Mr. Jones was a 
very rare character. I think that to his knowledge, his 
sterling integrity, his strong sense of justice, his intelli- 
gence, and, as I said before, his devotion to the inter- 
ests of the Company over which he presided for so 
many years, the success of that institution was largely, 
if not wholly, owing, and through it has been main- 
tained down to the present day ; and I have no doubt 
that those who are interested in that Company, as well 
as the public generally, fully recognize this as a fact, 
and that they will remember Mr. Jones as one who was, 
if not the founder, at least one who, with the rare 


powers of his nature, supported that institution to its 
present high position. 

I think, gentlemen, that we have cause to regret that 
so good a man, and one who has been so long, so promi- 
nently and so successfully engaged in a business with 
which we are all, as adjusters, so deeply interested, has 
been taken away. 

He was always a friend of the adjusters, and when 
this Association was first incorporated he aided us with 
his counsel and advice, and aided us in formulating its 
rules and establishing its character. So interested in it 
was he, that he once said to me, when we were talking 
over the subject, that he fully believed that the adjust- 
ment which bore the seal of this Association was 
entitled to the credit and the confidence of all persons 
interested in any part of the world. He remembered 
us when he gave us the bequest of the library. It was, 
as you know, received with hearty thanks, and we made 
a special niche for it in these walls, and we have been 
accustomed to speak of it as the "Jones Library." In 
reading these books I have often thought how good it 
was of him to so remember us, and how much benefit it 
was : and it will so continue to be used and thought of 
not only by ourselves, but those who follow us. 


After having been with us and of us for so many 
years, in the full ripeness of his life — for he was eighty- 
two years of age when he died — and leaving behind 
him a record, every page of which attests a character 
devoted to truth and justice and benevolence, he has 
left us. His charities — and they were many — are un- 
known except to those who received. The world is the 
better for the coming of such a man. He acted well 
his part. 

I think, as I said before, we have met with a loss. 
He was my friend, and I acknowledge it. I believe he 
was the friend of most of you, and I can only say, in 
conclusion, that I hope we may find one fully compe- 
tent and qualified to establish and bear the same 
relations to us that he has done in the past. 

Mr. Comes then said : 

I was in hopes that some one who could have more 
fittingly referred to our old associate Mr. Jones would 
have been the next speaker, and was in hopes of hear- 
ing from Mr. Telfair, who, as you know, was very 
intimate with Mr. Jones, having known him very many 
years, and who, if I remember rightly, was associated 
with Mr. Thomas N. Cazneau, a partner of Mr. Jones 
at the time he was an adjuster. 


My acquaintance with Mr. Jones was first made when 
he was the Second Vice-President of the Atlantic, the 
office then being the old dingy place at 14 and 16 
Merchants' Exchange. He was then a man something 
under forty years of age, and of rather delicate physique ; 
and I noted even in those early days his industry and 
steady application to business. He was always to be 
found in his place in the office; and through this dili- 
gence and industry, and the mastery of the details and 
fundamental principles of marine insurance, he eventu- 
ally succeeded to the presidency of the Atlantic Mutual 
Insurance Company. 

I was for some years associated with Mr. Jones in the 
Local Board of Marine Underwriters, he being Presi- 
dent and I Vice-President of the Board. I have been 
impressed for many years with Mr. Jones's accomplish- 
ments as a marine underwriter, and I believe; we can 
say that he was the most accomplished marine under- 
writer of his day. 

I don't know that I can add much to what has already 
been said in reference to Mr. Jones's character. I know 
from some conversation with him that he was a man of 
broad charities. It has been my privilege some several 


times to call upon him in behalf of charitable objects, 
and I always found him prompt and exceedingly 


The policy of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Com- 
pany, pursued these many years under the presidency 
of Mr. Jones, undoubtedly made it what it has become — 
the greatest marine insurance company of this country. 

When I think of his departure from our midst, as one 
of the last of the old school of underwriters and Presi- 
dent of the only remaining marine insurance company 
of New York, I, as an old underwriter myself, feel sad- 
dened at the idea that there is only one local marine 
insurance company left in this city of ours. 

I simply desire to add my tribute of respect and 
esteem for Mr. Jones, and with you to acknowledge the 
great loss which we have met with in his death. 

Mr. Telfair then arose and said : 

Mr. Chairman and Gentlemen: — We are gathered 
together with our hearts full of sympathy and sorrow at 
our loss, and although we may for the moment sit 
silent, it is only because our feelings are such that we 
can hardly express them. 

I have known Mr. John D. Jones intimately for a 
great many years, socially as well as professionally, and 


his loss is a great one to me. He is a great loss to the 
adjusters of New York, and especially to the members 
of this Association. 

He has always been good, kind and attentive to us, 
not only to us, but to others. His affections have been 
manifested in various and very many ways, — very quiet 
ways were his. 

His charities are not known to you. I know that he 
has almost entirely supported one charitable work in 
this city — a hospital, — and he has always been ready, 
with his check-book loosely held before him, for the 
shipwrecked and those in distress ; and the bankrupt 
merchant of New York has always met with liberal con- 
sideration, and when encouragement was needed, re- 
ceived a ready response from him. Many a man has 
been helped thus in a quiet way. 

The church of which he was a member for many 
years has been kept alive mainly by his bounty. 

Now he has gone from us. Ten years ago we had 
him here with us in this room, and we told him then 
how much we loved him and what we thought of him, 
and I can only say that ever since, day by day and year 
by year, these thoughts and feelings have been strength- 


ened, until now, Mr. Chairman, they have become a 
memory that will last as long as we shall continue to 

I endorse every word that our friend Mr. Walker has 
said. It is true I was silent for the moment at the time 
Mr. Comes spoke, but it was only because my heart was 
too full for utterance, and I now move, in the absence 
of any further business before us, that a committee be 
appointed by the Chairman to prepare proper resolu- 
tions for record as an evidence of our love and esteem. 

Mr. Krebs followed Mr. Telfair : 

Mr. Chairman : — My acquaintance with Mr. Jones 
has not been for so long- a time as that of the gentle- 
men who have spoken, but since I have known him my 
personal intercourse with him has been frequent and 
pleasant. There is only one thing that I can add to what 
has already been said, and that is, that with the enor- 
mous power held by Mr. Jones, as representing, in many 
cases, a very large and even preponderating interest in 
the adjustments that have come before him, no adjuster 
has ever found him oppressive. He has never taken 
advantage of technicalities, and he has been liberal and 
generous in dealing with adjusters in every respect, and, 
as Mr. Telfair has said, we shall never cease to mourn 


the loss of a man whose knowledge of adjusting was 
probably as great as that of any of us in the profession, 
and who used it liberally and generously towards us all. 
Gentlemen, I take great pleasure in seconding Mr. 
Telfair's motion. 

The motion was then put and carried, and the Chair 
announced the following as the committee to prepare 
resolutions: Messrs. Jacob R. Telfair, William A. 
Walker, William Krebs, XV. Irving Comes and J. 
Raymond Smith. 

The suggestion was then made that a committee be 
. appointed to attend the funeral of Mr. Jones at 11.30 
a. m. at Trinity Church. 

Upon Mr. Lawson's motion it was resolved that the 
Association attend the funeral in a body. 

The motion was duly seconded and carried. 

The meeting was then adiourned. 

The committee to which was entrusted the duty of 
preparing a memorial record expressive of the senti- 
ments of the members of this Association on the death 
of John D. Jones submitted the following: 

Resolved, That the members of the Association of 
Average Adjusters of the United States are deeply 


sensible of the loss that they have sustained by the 
death of their Honorary Member, John D. Jones, 
President of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, 
and desire hereby to record their appreciation of him. 
Mr. Jones was born in 18 14 of an honored and historic 
family. He very early in life ventured into the world 
of business, and it is a pleasure to us to recognize that 
in the beginning of his career he served with credit in 
the ranks of professional average adjusters, thus form- 
ing those relations which ultimately made him one of 
us. Subsequently he allied his fortunes with the (then 
new) Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company in various 
positions, and as Secretary, Vice-President and finally 
its President, he gave to the interests of the Company 
all of the best years of his life. He was in the eighty- 
second year of his age when he died. How well he 
performed his part in all the varied duties of his ardu- 
ous and exacting profession, with what industry, fidelity 
and ability, is attested by all who knew him. To the 
work of his life he brought the rare qualities of untiring 
industry, a clear intellect and far-seeing judgment, and 
so made the work a really great one. 

Without being physically strong, his moral nature 
was a tower of strength. Controlling vast interests 


with a steady hand and an earnest purpose, he never 
sacrificed principles for results. He hated every species 
of fraud and deceit with all the sturdy strength of his 
nature. He only valued men for what they were worth 
in upholding business in its integrity and honest fellow- 
ship among men. He did not surround himself with 
barriers, but, on the contrary, he was always approach- 
able. Amid the great responsibilities of his high office, 
and in all situations he was still the affable, courtly 
gentleman, the true friend and the good citizen. He 
was one — almost the last — of the old school of citizens 
now fast passing away, distinguished for personal 
honor, high-toned probity of character and genuine 
patriotism. Great was his power, and while always 
alive to its influence, he never used it uncharitably. 

Such is* our view of the character of the man with whom 
we have been for very many years actively associated, 
and whose influence for good we have constantly felt. 
His interest in the success of this Association and his 
affection for the individual members were so marked in 
kindly deeds, that we must acknowledge that we are 
greatly indebted to him for instruction, sympathy and 
example. His taking away in the full ripeness of years, 
while not wholly unexpected, is yet a shock and a sor- 


row to us. To his family and his immediate friends, 
we tender our heartfelt sympathies, assuring them that 
we fully believe that his lifelong influence will always 
be to us a precious memory. 

Jacob R. Telfair, 

William Augustus Walker, 

William Krebs, 

W. Irving Comes, 

J. Raymond Smith, 

- Committee. 





At a meeting of the Executive Committee of the 
Atla7itic Trtist Company, held at its office, jg 
William Street, New York, the 26th day of Sep- 
tember, i8q$, the following minute was adopted, 
and a copy was ordered sent to Mrs. John D. Jones. 

Whereas, The Trustees of the Atlantic Trust Com- 
pany have, in the death of Mr. John D. Jones, lost a 
revered friend who was one of the fathers and founders 
of this Company ; it is 

Hereijy Ordered, That upon the book of records of 
this Company be entered a minute of the profound 
sense of bereavement now felt by the Trustees, and of 
the entire respect and veneration in which they hold 
the character, services and achievements of their de- 
parted friend. 

The Trustees feel that John D. Jones's mature judg- 
ment, wise counsel and uniform kindness should always 
be cherished in the memories of the many who have 
been blessed and comforted thereby. It is with a sense 
of sincere and devout gratitude that thev recall their 
intercourse with him and consider the fruits of that 
intercourse. L y R Randolph> 

J. S. Suydam, President. 





New York, Sept. 27, 1895. 

Mrs. John D. Jones, 

29 West 34th Street, 

New York. 
Dear Madam : 

It is my sad privilege to enclose to you an expression 
on the part of the Trustees of this Company of their 
deep sense of loss at the death of your honored 

Permit me to add my own heartfelt condolence. 

It is rare indeed that so good a man lives to so ripe 
an age of uninterrupted usefulness and honor. It is 
rare indeed that at the obsequies of any man such an 
assemblage of grave an d reverend seniors convenes as 
gathered in dear old Trinity at the funeral of the 
beloved departed. 

Yours in sincerest sympathy, 

L. V. F. Randolph. 


At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the 
Citizens hisurance Company of New York, held on 
the gth day of October, 1S05, the following resolu- 
lions zuere 2i?ia?iimously adopted : 

The President, in announcing the death of Mr. John 
D. Jones, which occurred at his home at South Oyster 
Bay on the 2 2d ult., stated that he had been a Director 
of the Company for nearly twenty-four years. It was 

Resolved, That by the death of our late associate and 
friend, John U. Jones, this Board and the community 
at large have sustained a severe loss. Mr. Jones was 
identified with the Company as a Director for nearly 
twenty-four years, and his association with it was marked 
by that good judgment, rare sagacity and careful inter- 
est always shown by him in the various trusts commit- 
ted to his care during a long and very useful business 
career. His associates will long remember the courtesy 
and consideration which he gave to all matters of inter- 
est to the Company, as well as to the su< west ions made 
by them, and the good judgment which he manifested 
on ever)- important occasion. These qualities won the 
esteem and good will of all those who came in contact 
with him, and endear him to the memory of all who 
knew him well, 


Resolved, that the officers be requested to communi- 
cate this minute to the family of the deceased, with the 
expression of sincere sorrow at his death. 

E. A. Walton, 

G. H. McLean, 

F. M. Parker, 


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Founded a. d. 176S. 

New York, Nov. 1st, 1895. 

Mrs. John D. Jones, 
Dear Madam: 

The Chamber of Commerce, of which your husband, 
the late Mr. John D. Jones, was an honored member 
for more than forty years, has been engaged for some 
time in collecting the portraits of prominent merchants 
and business men who have been identified with the 
growth of tin's city and contributed to make it the 
metropolis of the Western world. The gallery of the 
Chamber now contains upward of one hundred and 
thirty portraits, by artists of established reputation. 
Among the number are many of the contemporaries 
and intimate friends of Mr. Jones. In this collection 
Mr. Jones always took the greatest interest, contribut- 
ing a portrait of his uncle, the late Walter R. Jones, 
and subscribing towards the purchase and presentation 
of man}' others. 

He expected his own would some day be added. In 
view of this fact I have been requested to bring the 
matter to your attention, and solicit at your hands a 


replica of Mr. Huntington's portrait in possession of 
the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, 

Very respectfully, 

Geo. Wilson, 


In response to the foregoing letter, a replica of the 
portrait, painted by Mr. Huntington, was presented by 
Mrs. Jones to the Chamber. 

It may be further observed that by order of the Board 
of Trustees of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company 
another replica, painted by Mr. Huntington, was placed 
in their Board room. 


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At the regular qtiarterly meeting of the Board of 
Directors of the Equitable Life Asszirance Society 
of the United States, held on November the 2jth, 
1895, the following preamble and resolution were 
unanimously adopted : 

John D. Jones, an honored member of this Board, 
died on September 22d, 1895. 

Mr. Jones was, at the time of his death, as he had 
been for many years previously, the President of the 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, and during his 
long residence in this city occupied many positions of 
trust, illustrating the confidence of the community in 
his ability and integrity. 

Mr. Jones was elected a member of this Board in 
the year 1875, and was, therefore, a valued Director of 
the Society for a period of twenty years. 

Resolved, That a minute be placed on the records 
of this Board, expressing the regret of its members at 
the loss of a Director so highly esteemed, and that a 
copy of the same be sent to the family of Mr. Jones in 
evidence of the sympathy of this Board in their 

I hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy 
from the minutes of the Board. 

W. Alexander, 



The Vestry of the Church of the Annunciation, assem- 
bled pursuant to the call of the Rector to take 
action in regard to the decease of their late associate, 
Mr. John Divine Jones, order the followi7ig entry 
to be made upon their minutes : 

Mr. Jones has been associated with the Church of 
the Annunciation from its earliest days as a member of 
the congregation, and of the Vestry of its first Rector ; 
and the interest which throughout the rectorate helped 
in a most important degree to sustain the church, 
remained steadfast during its subsequent history, and 
increased in proportion to its increasing needs. Mr. 
Jones served as Junior Warden of the parish from 
1853 to 1 87 1, and from that time to the time of his 
decease he had been its Senior Warden. He was also 
regularly chosen as one of the delegates to the annual 
convention of the diocese. In these appointments Mr. 
Jones received the only formal expression which could 
be given on the part of the parish, of the appreciation 
and esteem which was felt for him by all his associates. 
These were indeed but a slight recognition of services 
which they all felt to be of inestimable value and for 
which they held him always in most grateful regard. 


It is natural that those who have had the care of the 
maintenance of a parish struggling against vicissitudes 
and burdensome want of means, should recur particu- 
larly to the bounty of one who was in this respect their 
chief helper. It would, in the judgment of this Vestry, 
be an injustice to Mr. Jones not to commemorate at 
this time the fact that without his munificence they 
would have been unable to maintain the services of the 
church so long as they were maintained ; and they 
think it only due to him to say that without his aid the 
Vestry would have been obliged to close its doors thirty 
years ago. Whatever good has been accomplished in 
the maintenance of what has been from that time practi- 
cally a mission work, the Vestry feel to be largely due 
to the liberality of Mr. Jones; and in some sense they 
feel that it is all due to him, because without him it 
could not have been done at all. And in this connec- 
tion it is pleasing to remember that all that he did was 
done entirely without solicitation, with the utmost mod- 
esty and unobtrusiveness, and without the slightest 
trace of that disposition to rule and dictate which not 
seldom taints the generosity of liberal benefactions. 
On the contrary, it is to be said that the liberality of 
Mr. Jones could not be checked even when his judg- 


ment did not fully concur in the wisdom of the 
measures which he aided. It was always plain to him, 
viewing the work of the Church of the Annunciation in 
the light furnished by his knowledge of business and of 
the conditions by which almost from the beginning it 
was hampered, that it had no future and must in all 
human probability yield to its adversities. He never, 
on that account, withheld his hand, but throughout and 
to the last continued to do his part. 

For this liberality and for the faith and humility by 
which it was enhanced ; for the brotherly kindness and 
fatherly affection which made his relations with the 
members of this Vestry so full of happiness to them ; 
and for all the qualities of industry, integrity and ability 
which have exalted him in the community in which he 
lived, and which make it an honor to have been asso- 
ciated with him, this Vestry will ever cherish his memory 
with grateful and loving regard. 

Dated New York, 

Sept. 24th, A. D. 1895. 

Wm. J. Seabury, 

H. G. Wisner, Rector. 



At a meeting of the Vestry, held April 2gth, i8g6 y 
the following preamble and resolutions were unani- 
mously adopted : 

Whereas, the Vestry of Grace Church, South Oyster 
Bay, now in special session, summoned to take appro- 
priate action upon the death, which occurred on Sep- 
tember 2 2d, of one of its oldest, most honored and re- 
spected members, do therefore 

Resolve, that in the death of Mr. John D. Jones, 
who has been for nearly thirty years a Vestryman, and 
for the last four years a Warden of this church, this 
Vestry feels a deep and profound sorrow. His blame- 
less life, his wise counsel and Christian zeal constantly 
attested by his most generous contributions toward the 
Church and its work, not only in this parish, but also in 
adjoining and other fields, will constitute an enduring 
monument to his memory, and the diocese at large, as 
well as this Vestry, will have just reason long to feel 
the void which his death has caused. 

Resolved further, that these resolutions be entered 
upon the minutes of the Vestry and a copy thereof 
transmitted to the family of the deceased with the as- 
surance of our deepest sympathy for them under this 
most grievous affliction. 

Elbert Floyd-Jones, William Wiley, 

Clerk of Vestry. Rector. 


Memorial of John D. Jones, prepared under resolution 
of the Vestry of St. Johns Church, Cold Spring 
Harbor, passed June ijth, i8g6. 

John Divine Jones was born at Cold Spring Harbor, 
Long Island, on August 15, 1814. He was a member 
of the Jones family of that place whose common ances- 
tor was Major Thomas Jones. 

He was the eldest son of John H. Jones, a gentleman 
of unusual business ability. His mother, Loretta Jones, 
was a daughter of Judge Divine Hewlett, a member of 
a highly respected Long Island family. 

Mr. Jones's business career was begun in the City of 
New York, at the age of fifteen years. 

On April 25th, 1855, he was elected President of the 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, which office, so 
ably filled by him, he retained until his death. 

He was a man of great modesty, of accurate judg- 
ment, energetic and of an amiable disposition, and no 
appeal for a worthy object went unheeded by him. 

He married Josephine Katharine, a daughter of the 
late General Henry Floyd-Jones. 

Mr. Jones was a life-long communicant of the Protes- 
tant Episcopal Church. For a long time he was an 
officer of the Church of the Annunciation in the City 


of New York, of which the Rev. William Jones Seabury 
was rector. At the time of his death he was a Vestry- 
man of this church and of Grace Church, South Oyster 

He was seldom at Cold Spring after the burning of 
his father's homestead, but he never lost interest in his 
native village, or in this the family church, of which his 
father was one of the founders and in which he himself 
was always a pew-holder. 

To his liberality this church is indebted, among other 
things, for its rectory, and by his will he provided that 
a legacy of one thousand dollars be paid to it. 

Mr. Jones died at his country residence at South 
Oyster Bay on Sunday, Sept. 2 2d, 1895. His funeral 
was held at Old Trinity Church, New York City, and 
he was buried in the Memorial Cemetery founded by 
himself at this place. 

The Vestry of this church, by the death of Mr. Jones, 
have lost a friend and counsellor whose many benefac- 
tions and true Christianity will long be remembered. 
They have accordingly directed that this memorial be 
prepared in testimony of their appreciation of his pure 
and upright character, his love of his fellow-men and 
his earnest work for the Church of God. 

Townsend Jones, / 

} Committee. 
Charles M. Bleecker, 


To the Board of Managers of the Protestant Episcopal 
Church Missionary Society for Seamen, in the City 
and Port of New York. 

This Board, through its Committee, is called upon, 
the second time within the past six months, to place on 
record a profound regret for the death of a member, 
one who has occupied a place on the roll of managers 
for over twenty-seven years — Mr. John D. Jones — who 
died on the 22d of September last, in the 82d year of 
his age. 

Mr. Jones ever warmly sympathized with the work of 
this mission, even before his connection with it as a 
Manager in 1868 — drawn to it, possibly, by a kind of 
sympathetic influence which might have existed, as 
between the Society's work and his own occupation, 
which was that of insuring the hulls and cargoes of 
vessels against the perils of the sea, while, to the 
spiritual welfare of a large proportion of the crews 
which manned those vessels, this Society was engaged 
in ministering on land. 

Mr. Jones was always prompt in responding to proper 
calls on him for church purposes, and while unable 
through the urgencies of his business to take an active 
part in the Society's work, yet his interest in it was 


constantly and regularly shown, not only by his own 
liberal contributions to its treasury but also by exerting 
his influence in other quarters for its benefit. 

He was a devout Christian, of simple character, and 
without ostentation in his life. He belonged to that 
school of business men, bred in the early days of the 
century, of whom but few remain, and for whom the 
present generation must feel a deep and abiding 

To his family the Board of Managers ask leave to 

tender, in this brief minute, its sincere sympathy for his 


Henry Rogers, 

y Committee. 
Benoni Lockwood, 

New York, October 31st, 1895. 




New York, October 2d, 1895. 
My Dear Mrs. Jones : 

I enclose herewith a copy of the resolutions relating 
to Mr. Jones passed by the Board of Trustees of the 
Metropolitan Throat Hospital at a special meeting. 

But I beg to assure you that mere words cannot 
express the loYe, respect and admiration in which he 
was held by all connected with the Hospital, which 
owes its existence chiefly to his generous bounty. 

I am, 

Yours sincerely, 

Clinton Wagner. 


At a special meeting of the Board of Trustees of the 
Metropolitan Throat Hospital, o?i 2jth September, 
the Presidetit, Maj. Theodore K. Gibbs, announced 
the purpose of the meeting to be to take such action 
as was fitting relative to the great loss sustained in 
the death of Air. JoJm D. Jones, and he added : 

It is hardly necessary for me to refer to his high 
standing in this community for many years. As Mr. 
George Bliss (the banker) said to me -when we left 
Trinity Church, after the funeral seryice, " He was one 
of those pure men who always inspired confidence, and 
of that child-like nature that those who really knew him 
could not but love him." The success of this Hospital 
is due to his ability and generosity. He was our first 
President, and would haye held that office till the time 
of his death, if he had not positively refused to keep it. 
While this community has lost a noble and a eenerous 
Christian gentleman, we, the Trustees of this Hospital, 
haye sustained the special loss of a true and faithful 

It was thereupon unanimously 

Resolved, That we lament the death of John D. 
Jones, our first President and one of the members of this 


Board from the time of its organization. At the head 
of a great and prosperous business institution, and 
charged with heavy burdens of official trust and respon- 
sibility, he nevertheless kept in touch with many wisely 
planned efforts for the relief of suffering humanity. 
Modest, retiring, disdaining ostentation of every sort, 
he was in his unobtrusive fashion and in the truest 
sense a cheerful giver, far more apt to anticipate than 
to await calls upon him for aid. His noble and gener- 
ous nature was always prompt to respond to the needs 
of his fellow-men with discriminating but large liber- 
ality. To his bounty this Society owes its hospital 
building, in addition to yearly contribution in futher- 
ance of its beneficent work. To the gentleness and 
kindliness invariably attending his association with 
them, his fellow Trustees owe an ample store of memo- 
ries, which will ever be gratefully cherished by them. 

Clinton Wagner, M.D., 


(L. S.) 


In his a?inual address to the Convention of the Diocese 
of Long Island May igth, i8g6, Bishop Littlejohn 
paid the following merited tribute to Mr. Jones : 
The Church at large and the church in this diocese 
have suffered less by death than in previous years. 
Only one of our bishops, and comparatively few leaders 
among the clergy or the laity, have been taken. In the 
death of the late John D. Jones and William Floyd- 
Jones this diocese has lost two of its most prominent 
and useful laymen. They belonged to the same parish, 
Grace Church, Massapequa, and were members of its 
Vestry for more than a generation. For many years 
John D. Jones was a trustee and the treasurer of our 
Episcopal Fund. He cared for this fund as he would 
have cared for a private interest. His constant and 
most generous gifts to the Archdeaconry of Oueens 
will be sadly missed. To me he was most helpful in 
emergencies that demanded the ready will and the open 
hand. He was as much respected and beloved in the 
business world as in the Church. Everywhere his name 
was a sign and pledge of integrity and sagacity that no 
man ever doubted. He was a man whose strict regard 
for duty in all the relations of life proved how thor- 
oughly his religion was wrought into his character. His 


faith, at once simple and sincere, was so much in his 
life that no one had occasion to ask what he believed. 
Without question, he now dwells in God's holy hill, 
for he walked uprightly, worked righteousness, spoke 
the truth from his heart, and did no evil to his 

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(From the New York Journal of Commerce, Sept. 28, /Sgj.) 

% Graceful tribute to gflr L . Jones. 

A fitting tribute to the late Mr. John D. Jones is rendered by 
Mr. A. A. Raven, Second Vice-President of the Atlantic Mutual, 
who says: 

"The newspapers have chronicled the decease of Mr. John D. 
Jones, and have stated some dry facts concerning his career. 
Obituary notices, as a rule, are largely written under conditions 
which awaken the tenderest feelings and are apt to represent the 
emotional rather than the intellectual and judicial elements of the 
mind. There is a sense in which a man's character cannot be por- 
trayed nor represented to the world. 

"The silent and subtle influence which he has exerted over those 
who have been immediately in touch with him may not be given to 
the public, nor can they be tabulated and presented even as an 
epitome of his life. 

"In the noble structure of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, is a 
little tablet which speaks volumes. Referring to Sir Christopher 
Wren, the architect, it says: 'If you would see his monument, look 
around you.' Under similar conditions, it might well be said of 
Mr. Jones, in connection with the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Com- 
pany: 'If you would see his monument, look around you.' But 
this might be said not only in respect to the grand career of that 
institution and its colossal capital and unrivaled prosperity, but 
the individual lives who have drawn their inspiration from its head, 
and whose characters have been largely moulded by his impress. 

"Imagine for a moment the power of the influence exerted by 


such a life and its continuance in this community. We cannot 
measure it, nor can we have the faintest conception of its uplifting 
power. But as the small pebble dropped in the water creates a 
circle which increases until its limits are reached, it will continue; 
only the influence never ceases, but increases in its power. 

"If there is a higher tone transmitted to the commerce of the 
country, if men learn to regulate their business by higher and 
nobler principles, the lasting benefit conferred by a life such as 
Mr. Jones's was may well be prized, and while mourning our loss, 
rejoice that we are heirs to such a legacy." 

{From the New York Journal of Commerce.) 

(Jjtttttpl of John §. Joms. 

The funeral of the late Mr. John D. Jones, for over forty years 
President of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company, took place 
at 11:30 o'clock yesterday from Old Trinity Church on Broadway 
at the head of Wall Street, attended by a large concourse of friends 
from all the marts of trade, finance and commerce. Wall Street 
and the buildings adjacent to it displayed their flags at half-mast 
out of respect to his memory. The United States Sub-Treasury 
dropped its flag during the services. The services were conducted 
by Bishop Littlejohn, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Morgan Dix, rector 
of Trinity Church; the Rev. Dr. William J. Seabury of the Church 
of the Annunciation, of which the dead man was a member of the 
Board of Wardens, and the Rev. G. G. Wylie, of Massapequa, L. I. 
The pallbearers were W. H. H. Moore, A. A. Raven, F. A. Parsons, 


Joseph H. Chapman, George H. Quintard, Vernon H. Brown and 
Gustav Amsinck. The interment took place at Cold Spring 

In an interview a gentleman who has had close business rela- 
tions with Mr. Jones for twenty-five years said yesterday: 

"Many institutions have already expressed their sorrow and 
sympathy through the press in touching preamble and resolutions, 
highly appropriate to our worthy citizen. His name was a tower 
of strength to the many institutions with which he was both directly 
and indirectly associated. His courteous manner won the esteem 
of all coming in contact with him. His prompt, correct and cour- 
ageous decisions were often so respected as to be accepted and 
received in the unselfish, dignified and kindly manner in which he 
gave them. Kindness and a generous heart always prompted his 
acts in public and private to a high degree. 

" The Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company owes immeasurably 
its world-wide success to his administrative and executive ability. 
Now that these services of over sixty years in our city and com- 
mon country, which he much loved, are over, we can but, with the 
general public, add our little token of esteem and respect to this 
highly generous and cultured Christian gentleman, with 

" ' Peace to his ashes, 
Rest to his soul.' 

"Never before to a private civilian was more respect shown 
in the flags and bunting which were floated to-day at half-mast 
from so many exchanges, banks, trust companies, insurance com- 
panies, bankers and private individuals as were displayed during 
the entire day." 


{From the Marine Journal, Septe?nber 28, iSgj.) 

gcatlt of John 1. Jones. 

Mr. John D. Jones, the most prominent man in marine under- 
writing in the United States and the president of the Atlantic 
Mutual Insurance Company, died at his summer residence, Massa- 
pequa, L. I., on Sunday, September 22, of a complication of 
diseases from which he had been a sufferer for some time. Mr. 
Jones was born at Cold Spring Harbor, L. I., August 15, 1814. 
He commenced his business career as an insurance clerk, and was 
for a time an adjuster of averages. He became secretary of the 
Merchants' Marine Insurance Company, and in 1842 he interested 
himself in the organization of the Atlantic Mutual Insurance 
Company and was appointed its first secretary, in which position 
he continued until elected second vice-president in June, 1849. In 
1854 he became vice-president, and in 1855 was elected president. 
Since then he has been unanimously re-elected each year. 

Mr. Jones was a director of the Equitable Life Assurance 
Society and the Citizen's Insurance Company. He was a member 
of the St. Nicholas and Union Clubs, and during the war was a 
member of the Union League. Mr. Jones's health has been very 
poor during the past few years, and it was his custom to go to 
Florida each Spring. He did so this year and returned in April. 
During May and June he was apparently better, but in July he 
was taken sick and stayed at his home, No. 29 West Thirty-fourth 
Street, for about a week. The weather growing warm he went to 
his country place, " Unqua," where he remained until his death, 
frequently writing in to the officers of the Atlantic Mutual, in the 
affairs of which company he felt an absorbing interest. 


Those who were honored with the confidence and friendship of 
John D. Jones have met an irreparable loss, and those of the few 
who are engaged in the struggle for the restoration of the 
American ship on the high seas, will not only miss his wise 
counsel, but his liberal contributions from his own private purse 
in the interest of the cause he so much desired to assist. No 
persons who ever had occasion to require pecuniary aid through 
losses in marine ventures, through no neglect of their own, ever 
left Mr. Jones's presence after an appeal to him empty handed. 
The writer on two occasions had the temerity to visit Mr. Jones in 
the interest of a friend less fortunate than he, and the good man's 
heart responded promptly with a draft on his purse, but with the 
understanding that his act should not be known of men. 

In the death of Mr. Jones, the Sandy Hook, as well as the pilots 
of all seaports of the United States, have lost a great benefactor. 
He never failed in espousing their cause before Congress at times 
when compulsory pilotage was on the verge of being abolished. 
Mr. Jones's long and expert experience in marine affairs obtained 
him careful and respectful hearing before the committees of Con- 
gress, and his arguments were often the turning point in favor of 
the pilots. A copy of the last of the kind sent to Representative 
Amos J. Cummings is before us, and knowing the circumstances 
under which it was written, with its author in ill health and 
desirous of relieving himself of the cares of outside business that 
should have been relegated to younger men, we produce it as 
showing the earnestness with which Mr. Jones entered into the 
protection of all industries that pertained to shipping, his life long 
calling. Mr. Jones wrote as follows on the pilot question: 


10131 K 

New York, June 7, 1892. 

Hon. Amos J. Cummings, 

House of Representatives, Washington, D. C. 

Dear Sir : — My attention has been called to the bill before 
Congress looking to the abolishment of compulsory pilotage, with 
a request that my influence be used to prevent its passage. This 
must be my apology for addressing you on the subject, and 
knowing your interest in the welfare of our commerce and the 
reputation of our port as connected with commerce, I the more 
readily solicit your efforts in preventing the passage of a bill, 
which, I am confident, will be injurious to our port, as well as all 
other ports affected by it. 

To sustain a proper and good system of pilotage it appears to 
me absolutely necessary that it be compulsory, for the obvious 
reasons that, if it be left optional with masters of vessels to accept 
or not accept the tendered service, it would be rare indeed that 
the former course would be adopted, and thus the twofold injury 
would be inflicted of seriously impairing the efficiency of our 
pilotage system, and materially increasing the risks of entering 
and departing from our ports. 

The great incentive to the adventurous pilot, who is ever on the 
alert to intercept inbound vessels and to tender his services, is the 
compensation which he feels is secure to him as the fruit of his 
well earned labors. If that incentive be removed, or there be 
doubt of his being able to render the proffered service, it will be 
readily seen that a high standard of pilotage cannot be maintained 
because of the inadequacy of the pecuniary return to sustain it. 
The efficiency of the system will gradually decrease, and pilots 
who have earned their skill by long experience will withdraw from 
the business, leaving only the less skillful and inexperienced to 
perform the work as best they may. 


Besides the consideration of pilot fees, the enactment of a law 
abolishing compulsory pilotage may compromise the question of 
seaworthiness as established by commercial usage, and which is 
now part of the common law of commercial nations. The result 
of this compromise will unquestionably tend to injure commercial 
vessels more than any saving that can possibly accrue by what is 
aimed at by those who desire the change. 

The civilization of the age urges and requires that the ports of 
the nation shall have all the means of safety to enable vessels of 
other nations to enter the harbors of the country without danger 
of shipwreck, and one of the important means to insure that safety 
is proper pilotage, which cannot be secured without a system of 
compulsory pilotage unless the nation is at the expense of the 
pilot, and to insure competent pilots there must be port organiza- 
tions for the examining and commissioning of the experienced, 
and each port should organize its own. 

Your obedient servant, 

John U. Jones. 

To say that the pilots appreciated Mr. Jones's efforts in their 
behalf puts it very mildly; they reverenced him for the many able 
efforts he had put forth in their behalf, and named one of their 
boats in his honor many years ago. Their sorrow on this sad 
occasion of the death of their benefactor is as great as their big 
generous hearts can conceive. With them, the marine fraternity 
in general, and the band of faithful employees of the Atlantic 
Mutual Insurance Company, the Marine Journal mourns the loss 
of this great and good man. At a meeting of the employees of the 
Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company held at the company's office 
Monday, it was unanimously : 


Resolved, That it is with heartfelt sorrow that we learn of the 
death of our beloved President, John D. Jones. His long service as 
president of the company and in making it one of the greatest and 
most useful instrumentalities of the commerce of the world, have 
won for him an enviable reputation among all those interested in 
that commerce. The ability and devotion to duty and unsullied 
honor with which he has invariably discharged his trust have been 
within our daily observation," and have been a guide and example 
of inestimable value to us in the discharge of our several duties. 
In our relations with him we have always experienced impartial 
justice and unfailing courtesy and kindness. His death comes to 
us as a personal bereavement, and we shall mourn his loss as that 
of a true, staunch and generous friend. 

Resolved, That a copy of this minute be transmitted to Mrs. 
Jones with the expression of our deep sympathy in her bereave- 

Resolved, That we attend the funeral of our late president in 
a body. 

In bidding our good friend adieu no more appropriate words 
occur to us than those uttered by the late Henry Ward Beecher 
when he said : "When the sun goes below the horizon, he is not 
set ; the heavens glow for a full hour after his departure. And 
when a great and good man sets, the sky of this world is luminous 
long after he is out of sight. Such a man cannot die out of this 
world. When he goes he leaves behind him much of himself. 
Being dead he speaks."