A scientist converted to farming, who by applying the recognized principles of genetics to his cattle breeding operations, became the first Master Breeder of Holsteins in Canada.
Following graduation from several universities, Walter Jones served in many capacities, particularly in the field of conservation, before commencing to farm in his native province of Prince Edward Island. There he established the Abegweit Herd which, under his management, became world famous.
Mr. Jones was one of the first men to recognize the possibilities of fur farming in Canada and demonstrated his faith in the future of this enterprise by becoming a pioneer in the breeding of silver foxes. In 1935, he was awarded the King George V medal for his outstanding contribution to agriculture.
Throughout his adult life Mr. Jones took an active part in public affairs. After occupying several portfolios in the legislature of his province, he was chosen party leader and Premier in 1943, a post which he filled for 10 years. He vacated it upon being called to the Senate in 1953.