Biography of Hon. J. B. Elliott
Marion County, IA Biographies





Hon. J. B. Elliott, president of the Knoxville National Bank and an influential factor in political as well as financial circles, was born in Poland, Ohio, in 1852, a son of J. K. and Mary (Brown) Elliott. The father was also a native of Poland but the mother was born in Ireland and with her parents came to the United States in her girlhood days. The Elliotts are of English descent and the father was a son of Daniel Elliott, of Connecticut, who traced his ancestry back to John Eliot, who was an apostle to the Indians and translated the Bible into their language. The marriage of J. K. Elliott and Mary Brown was celebrated in Ohio, where they continued their residence until 1868, when they came to Iowa and settled on a farm in Pleasant Grove township, Marion county. The father then devoted his attention with good success to general agricultural pursuits until his life's labors were ended in death in 1890. His widow survived him for about six years, passing away in 1896.

J. B. Elliott acquired a public school education which was continued through various grades and also spent three years in Poland College at Poland, Ohio. He was a youth of sixteen when his parents came to this state. Later he engaged in teaching school here for several winter seasons and not only made a study of the best methods of instructing the young but was also a student of the questions and issues of the day, taking so active and prominent a part in politics that when he was but twenty three years of age he was elected a member of the Iowa legislature. While continuing in the profession of teaching he devoted the hours which are usually termed leisure to the study of law and was admitted to the bar in 1876, after which he engaged in practice at Knoxville for a few years. During the same period he conducted a loan business and it was but a logical step from that line of business into banking. In 1884 he was offered and accepted the position of cashier in the Knoxville National Bank, with which he has since been connected, covering a period of three decades, during which he has contributed largely to the development and substantial growth of the institution, of which he was made president in 1911. Into other fields of business he has also extended his efforts with equal success. He is an active farmer and stock raiser and his place is widely known because of the fine trotting horses raised thereon. He has also been identified with the development of the coal fields of the county and is recognized as a most forceful and resourceful business man, who forms his plans carefully and then carries them forward to successful completion.

In 1878 Mr. Elliott was united in marriage to Miss Nora E. Miller, a daughter of Admiral B. and Eliza Miller, the former an attorney, now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Elliott have become the parents of two daughters, Helene Eleanor and Genevieve. The former is the wife of R. S. Granger, who is now engaged in the lumber business at Harrison, Arkansas, and who is a son of Judge Granger, of the Iowa supreme court. The younger daughter is the wife of Waite Phillips, who is engaged in the oil business at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. They have a daughter, Helen Jane, three years of age.

Mr. Elliott is a valued member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In politics he has always been a stalwart republican since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and is recognized as one of the leaders of the party in his section of the state. For many years he has served as a member of the state central committee and for two terms he represented his district in the Iowa legislature, where he gave careful consideration to all the important and significant questions which came up for settlement. He has marked ability in bringing seemingly diverse elements into a unified and harmonious whole, whether in politics or in business, and this element in his character has been one of the strong forces in winning for him his substantial and enviable success.

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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