Following ten years of service in the United States Senate, Charles W. Jones of Pensacola was in a strong position to serve Florida when the forty-ninth Congress convened on December 7, 1885. As an Irish immigrant, he had used his background to aid Grover Cleveland’s successful 1884 presidential campaign. A publicized trip to Ireland in the summer of 1883 and addresses to large audiences of Irish-Americans had channelled votes to the Democratic party. As a result, Jones was regarded as a leader in the party. The inauguration of a Democratic president, whose campaign he had materially assisted, vaulted Jones into a position to influence patronage in Florida.
Etemadi, Judy Nicholas
"A Love-Mad Man: Senator Charles W. Jones of Florida,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 56
, Article 3.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol56/iss2/3