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Title: John H. Wilson
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John H. Wilson, county recorder of Warren county, is one of the most prominent men in that section of Indiana and is one of the most trustworthy and respected officials in the state. He is a man of sterling integrity and the highest moral standards. He is progressive and always puts forth his efforts in the behalf of every enterprise that leads toward the building up of his home city, being interested in social and municipal improvements and always battling for cleaner government and more just ballots. He is one of the most highly respected citizens of Williamsport, Indiana.

John H. Wilson was born in Wabash county, Indiana, August 10, 1850. He was the son of Peyton and Rebecca (Messersmith) Wilson, both of whom were natives of Indiana. Peyton Wilson was born in Rush county October 11, 1827, and his wife was born in Wabash county in September, 1832. Mr. Wilson was a shoemaker by trade. He came to Warren county April 15, 1864, and continued to reside in this county until his death, in January, 1911. Mrs. Wilson died in 1897. They were the parents of eleven children, six of whom are living: Oka is the wife of James Gephart, of Attica, Indiana; Lilly Belle is the widow of Enoch Glover, of Attica; George W. Wilson lives near Huntsville, Texas; Charles F. is thought to live near Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ora Wilson lives near Attica, Indiana.

John H. Wilson was born in Wabash county and was educated in the common schools there. He also attended school at Antioch, Huntington county, Indiana, and West Lebanon, Warren county. He came to Warren county with his father April 15, 1864, and located on a farm about five miles northwest of West Lebanon, Indiana. He lived there one year, and then moved about a mile north of Williamsport. Later he moved to Attica for eighteen months, and then returned to West Lebanon. He worked on a farm until 1865 and then decided to learn the shoemaker's trake, under his father's direction. He followed this business for forty years, until 1905, when he was called upon for public service. During this period, with the exception of a few months which he spent in the West, he lived in West Lebanon.

In 1904 Mr. Wilson was elected to the office of county recorder and took office in January, 1905, being re-elected in 1908. IN 1874 he was married to Amanda Briggs, of West Lebanon, the daughter of David and Minerva (Cronkhite) Briggs. They are the parents of two children: Oscar Eustace was born October 29, 1876, and died May 21, 1911; Luta Helen is the wife of E. D. Westfall, of Montezuma, Bailey county, Texas.

Mr. Wilson is a Mason, belonging to Blue Lodge No. 352, of West Lebanon, and Attica Chapter No. 105, Royal Arch Masons. He ad his wife belong to the Order of the Eastern Star at Williamsport, and they and their daughter are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Mr. Wilson has always stood for clean politics and has fought the political machine in his part of the country. He is a Progressive Republican and one of the leaders of his party in his community. Mr. Wilson has the sidtinction of being the first county official to be examined by the state board of examiners, and they found in balancing up his accounts and investigating his books that he had paid the county eight dollars too much. They complimented him on the condition of his books, stating that he had the best set in the state.

John H. Wilson is conceded to be one of the best county officials in the state. He has always been honest in his endeavors and has been successful in championing the cause of the voter. He has been untiring in his efforts in his part of the country to give every man a fair opportunity and to do his part in banishing the control of machine politics. He is trusted by his friends and neighbors, who recognize in him the honest politician who is so great a power for good in this country. The results of his work and influence will continue many years in the district where he has made his home.


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Date: 1/1/1913
Origin: Past and Present of Fountain and Warren Counties Indiana
Author: Thomas A. Clifton, Editor
Record ID: 00001003
Type: Book
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/10/2001
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: Leslie J. Rice

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