JOHN W. MARSHALL
History of Gallatin, Saline, Hamilton, Franklin, and Williamson Counties,
Illinois (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1887).
John W. Marshall, postmaster, McLeansboro, was born November 10, 1814 in
Ireland, and came to the United States with his parents, at the age of
five years. He was reared and educated at Shawneetown, and in 1830 came to
McLeansboro, where his father bad already engaged in the mercantile
business. After three years' clerking with his father he started a general
merchandise business of his own, at which he continued more or less
regularly for fifteen or twenty years. In 1848 he was elected county clerk
and served four years. In 1856 he was re-elected and served by re-election
until 1872. He was justice of the peace and police magistrate several
years. September 1.. 1885, President Cleveland appointed him to his
present position. April 25, 1835, be married Mary Lockwood of this county.
She died September 25, 1858. Six of ton children are living: Rebecca (wife
of A. M. Sturman, of Dahlgren), Daniel, Joseph, Thomas, Rosalie (wife of
T. M. Eckley, an attorney, of McLeansboro), and Sophia (wife of R.
T. Meador). He is an unswerving Democrat in politics, He is a Mason,
having passed of all the chairs in local lodges, being master several
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