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HARTLEY, John

John HARTLEY, who is well and favorably known throughout Marshall county, is now the efficient county clerk, making his home in Henry. He was born at Henry, in January, 1859, and is the son of Philip HARTLEY, a native of County Kilkenny, Ireland, who, on becoming a resident of Henry, there conducted a blacksmith shop until his death, in August, 1864. In the family were two sons, the brother of our subject being James, who succeeded to the business of his father.

The boyhood of John HARTLEY was passed in Henry until seventeen years of age, when he went to Chicago, where he was engaged in the grocery trade for five years. Returning to Henry he was then in the coal business until 1885, when he was appointed by President Cleveland as postmaster of that place and held that position for nearly five years. In the fall of 1890 he became the democratic candidate for county clerk, and was elected over James C. LONG, also of Henry, who had previously held that office. He was re-elected in 1894, at this time the republican candidate being Stern A. WOOLEY, of Henry, and is now serving his sixth year with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of all concerned. As he reads and speaks German he often acts as interpreter in court and his services are therefore highly prized. He is a member of the Catholic church, and has lived an upright, honorable life.

Extracted March 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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