Biography of J. D. Cunningham
Marion County, IA Biographies





J. D. CUNNINGHAM.
A native son of Marion county, J. D. Cunningham has passed his entire life here and has for many years been actively identified with stock raising interests. He resides in Knoxville, where his birth occurred in December, 1865. His parents were Howard T. and Sarah (Boydston) Cunningham, natives respectively of Rockville, Indiana, and Mount Morris, Greene county, Pennsylvania. The birth of the father occurred in April, 1842, and that of the mother in October, 1844. They were married in February, 1865, in Knoxville, Iowa. The father came here about 1854 and engaged in the hardware business but was also much interested in stock raising and was the first breeder of Poland China hogs in this county. He later dealt in fast horses. On the 1st of July, 1862, he enlisted at Corinth, Mississippi, in the Fifteenth Regiment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, as fife major, under the command of Colonel H. W. Reid. He was given his honorable discharge on the 17th of December, 1864, at Kings Bridge, Georgia, and returned to Knoxville, where he resided for many years, passing away in October, 1904. In his family were three children: J. D., of this review; Mary, the wife of G. W. Baxter, of Denver; and Louise, who married P. H. Donnelly, also of Denver.

J. D. Cunningham was reared in Knoxville and attended the elementary and high schools of this city. Early in life he began to help his father with the care of his fine horses and has never lost his interest in the breeding and raising of horses. The home place comprises ten acres of land in the outskirts of Knoxville and there he raises big type Poland China hogs. As before stated his father was the pioneer breeder of Poland China hogs in the county and Mr. Cunningham of this review profited largely from his experience. He is very successful and the sale of his stock brings him a good return annually. He also owns a number of fine trotting horses.

Mr. Cunningham was married on the 2d of December, 1896, to Miss Hester Amos, a daughter of J. M. Amos, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work. They have two children: Howard born February 7, 1898, who is attending the Knoxville high school; and Phillip, born November 22, 1900, a pupil in the Knoxville public schools. Fraternally Mr. Cunningham belongs to Knoxville Lodge, No. 72, K. P., and in politics he is a democrat. He has many sincere friends who have known him from boyhood and who recognized him as a man of sterling character.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


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