Biography of James P. Cunningham
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





James P, Cunningham, Whose portrait will be found in this book, was born in Smith county, Tennessee, February 21, 1845. When seven years of age he, with parents, crossed the plains to California; arriving in the fall of 1852, and settled in Placer county, where his father - W. W. Cunningham - engaged in hotel keeping for seven years. Then they moved to San Francisco, where his father was engaged as soliciting agent for the Democratic Press, now the Examiner; and the subject of this sketch was employed as mailing clerk for about three years, when the whole family moved to Ukiah, where his father engaged in hotel keeping, James P. remaining with him until 1869, when he opened a restaurant, which he conducted one year; then conducted a saloon for two years. He was then chosen by the Senate as Clerk, which position he filled during the session of 1870-71. He then spent two years at Cloverdale, Sonoma county, in the employ of the North Pacific Railroad Company. In 1873 he settled in Covelo, Round valley, where he has since been engaged in the saloon business. Married, April 15, 1869, Miss Louisa J. Potter. They have three living children: Thomas Lee, Grace, and William W.; and have lost one Mary F.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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