HON. JOHN C. PEPPER

Pepper was born in Cambridgeshire, England, September 21, 1829. His parents were Charles A. and Susan Pepper. He left England when seven years of age with his parents in a sailing vessel, and after being seven weeks and three days out of sight of land landed in New York. His parents settled in Amboy, Oswego county, New York ; his father was a silversmith by trade. Mr. Peppers boyhood was passed at home with his parents until his sixteenth year, when he entered Vernon academy, at Vernon, New York, where he attended two years. He then went to the Wayne county institute, where he attended three summers, teaching school in the winter, until 1848, when his health failed to such a degree that he came west with no expectation of ever regaining it.

He staid one year in Peoria, and then came to Mercer county, first settling in Keithsburg, where he was admitted to the bar. He then came to Aledo, where he has since remained in the practice of his profession. Mr. P. was married in January, 1851, to Miss Mary A. Martin of Mercer county, and they have four children living : Helen, married to Frank Martin, an attorney of Falls City, Nebraska, three other daughters, Bertha, Norma and Mabel being at home ; three children died when young. Mr. Pepper is the president of the Illinois state temperance union, and an active worker in the cause. By political faith he is a democrat.

 

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