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Title: James Cunningham
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Among the substantial men whose labor and influence has given impetus to the general material improvements of Warren county in years gone by and who today occupies no insignificant place in the esteem of the community in which he resides in the worthy gentleman whose name forms the introduction of this sketch. He has been content to spend his life right in his home locality, wisely deciding that this favored section of the great Hoosier state was as well if not better suited for the pursuit of agriculture than any other.

James Cunningham is the son of Cyrus and Mary T. (Oliphant) Cunningham. The paternal grandfather, Thomas Cunningham, lived in Vermilion county, Indiana, about two miles from the home of the subject. Cyrus Cunningham was born on December 15, 1829, in Vermilion county, Indiana, and died on July 4, 1903. He was reared in Vermilion county, but later moved to Warren county, where he afterwards made his home. He was the owner of about fifteen hundred acres of fine land, lying in Vermilion and Warren counties. On December 17, 1855, he married Mary T. Oliphant, who was born January 2, 1835, the daughter of Thomas and Rhodie Oliphant, the latter having been born near Circleville, Ohio. She is now living with her son, C. V. Cunningham, of Mound township. Cyrus and Mary Cunningham became the parents of the following children: Horatio, deceased; Reuben, deceased; Walter, who is a farmer, married Lousia Rogers and they live in Vermilion county, Indiana; C. V., of Mound township; Harriet is the wife of Charles F. Lowe, of Covington; Malinda is the wife of Augusta Clem, a farmer of Warren county; James in the immediate subject of this review.

James Cunningham was born in Warren county, Indiana, on December 25, 1869, the place of his birth being where his brother, C. V., now lives. He was reared to the life of a farmer and secured his education in the common schools of his home neighborhood. He has faithfully applied himself to the cultivation of the soil and, to some extent, to stock raising, and has met with gratifying success in his chosen calling. He is now the owner of two hundred and sixty acres of land, about one hundred and sixty of which is tillable and one hundred acres is in good second-growth timber, now in use as pasture. Mr. Cunningham is eminently practical in his farming operations and keeps everything about his place in tip-top shape, the general appearance of the place being creditable to the owner.

On February 3, 1898, Mr. Cunningham was married in Vermilion county, Indiana, to Iva M. Green. She was born February 6, 1879, and is the daughter of Alonzo and Martha (Hines) Green, who spent most of their lives in Warren county, Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. cunningham have been born the following children: Opal F., Dleo V., Lola L., and Ethel A. are at home; Lona E. is deceased; Neva B. and James L. D. are at home.

Politically, Mr. Cunningham renders a stanch allegiance to the Republican party, while fraternally, he is a member of Lodge No. 21, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, at Covington. He is a man of many fine qualities of character and enjoys the respect of all who know him.

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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: 00001112
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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