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John E. Lovejoy
Born 1817
JOHN E. LOVEJOY, station agent for Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad, at Scotch Grove Station; born in Albion, Kennebec Co., Me., in 1817; his parents were Daniel and Elizabeth Lovejoy; he is a brother of Elijah Y. Lovejoy, who was killed by a pro slavery mob at Alton, Ill., in 1837. Mr. Lovejoy went to St. Louis in 1835, where he learned the printer's trade in the office of his brother, Elijah P., who was then editor of the St. Louis Observer; thence to Alton with his brother, end was employed in the office of the latter at the time he was killed. He came to Iowa in December, 1839; Jones Co. has generally been his home since that time; he, however, has spent about two years in Illinois since that date. In 1861, he was appointed U.S. Consul to Peru, which position he filled for about three and a half years; after his return from Peru, till 1871, he was engaged in farming in Sec. 16, this township; thence to Center Junction, where he was engaged in the mercantile business for about three years, assumed his present position in 1875. His first wife was Marguerette Livingston; his present wife was Joanna Macbeth; has five children by first marriage—two sons and three daughters; has a son and daughter by second marriage. Mr. Lovejoy and his sister, Elizabeth Hammond, who lives in Chicago, are the only survivors of seven children.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 656.


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