James Ross Hanna, son of William Hanna (deceased), and his successor as the head of many of the most important Industries of Monmouth, was born in Henderson County, Ill., September 30, 1852. After receiving the usual common school education he was graduated from Monmouth College with the class of 1875. subsequently taking a course in the law department of Harvard University, graduating in 1877..

After having devoted three years to the practice of his profession in Monmouth, he became identified with the Weir Plow Com­ pany of which he was Secretary and Treasurer from 1881 to 1892. In 1894 he became Vice-President of the Monmouth Mining and Manufacturing Company, and in 1896 Vice-President of the Maple City Soap Works.

Upon the death of his father in 1901, he was elected President of the Monmouth Mining and Manufacturing Company, the Maple City Soap Works, the Monmouth Pottery Company, and the Monmouth Coal Company. In 1880 Mr. Hanna was elected a director in the Monmouth National Bank, served as such until 1884. Since 1893 he has been a member of the board of trustees of Monmouth College.

He is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, which he has served as elder since 1884. May 30, 1878, Mr. Hanna married Elizabeth M. Merridith, daughter of Joseph and Amanda (Parker) Merridith. They have three children: John, Alice and Hay. Elizabeth, a fourth child, died in 1898, aged four years.

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