Relate mainly to his activities in San Francisco as lawyer, businessman, proprietor of the Portsmouth House, property owner,
and member of the town council. Included are letters; accounts; contracts for street and property improvements; deeds; and
petitions and other papers submitted to the council.
Elbert P. Jones came overland to San Francisco from Kentucky in 1846. He was a lawyer, and in addition to his practice he
became active in business and municipal affairs. Late in 1846 he became proprietor of the Portsmouth House. From January to
April 1847, he served as editor of the California Star. He also owned many town lots and built several buildings, including a store and warehouse at the foot of Washington Street
where he conducted his mercantile business.
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