JOHN M. THURSTON, well known throughout this country as a senator and political leader, was born at Montpelier,
Vermont, August 21, 1847, of an old Puritan family which dated back their ancestry in this country to 1636, and
among whom were soldiers of the Revolution and of the war of 1812-15.
Young Thurston was brought west by the family in 1854, they settling at Madison, Wisconsin, and two years later
at Beaver Darn, where John M. received his schooling in the public schools and at Wayland University. His father
enlisted as a private in the First Wisconsin Cavalry and died while in the service, in the spring of 1863.
Young Thurston, thrown on his own resources while attaining an education, supported himself by farm work, driving
team and at other manual labor. He studied law and was admitted to the bar May 21, 1869, and in October of the
same year located in Omaha, Nebraska. He was elected a member of the city council in 1872, city attorney in 1874
and a member of the Nebraska legislature in 1874. He was a member of the Republican national convention of 1884
and temporary chairman of that of 1888. Taking quite an interest in the younger members of his party he was instrumental
in forming the Republican League of the United States, of which he was president for two years. He was then elected
a member of the United States senate, in 1895, to represent the state of Nebraska.
As an attorney John M. Thurston occupied a very prominent place, and for a number of years held the position of
general solicitor of the Union Pacific railroad system.
A Biographical Record
Of Schuyler County, New York
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
New York and Chicago 1903.
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