Biography of John B. Jeffery
Cook County, Il Biographies

JEFFERY, JOHN B. ó Born in 1846; came to Chicago in 1863 to join the staff of the Morning Post; became a reporter and continued with the paper after it became The Republican, when Charles A. Dana was its editor. He afterward took charge of the mechanical department of Tower, Millard & Deckerís job printing establishment, remaining with them until 1869, when he accepted the business management of the Indianapolis Sentinel, returning to the service of his old employers, where he remained until he became manager of the job department of the Chicago Evening Journal. He held this position when the great fire of 1871 swept everything away, and was the first to improvise an office after the calamity, showing the first local paper published here, within twenty-four hours. After the death of Mr. C. L. Wilson, publisher of the Journal, Mr. Jeffery first leased and then bought the job department, which he conducted with ability and success until business re verses, due in most part to the misfortune and bad judgment of those whom he trusted, compelled him to retire. He founded the Amusement Guide and Directory, The National Builder, The Black Diamond, and other successful trade journals, and was identified with the publication of political pamphlets, election tickets, convention proceedings, etc. He was offered the position of public printer by President Garfield. Since his retirement from the printing business he has devoted his energies to other lines of business, in which he has been remarkably successful. He is a member of high degree in the Masonic order, and the B. P. 0. Elks, a member of the Union League, Press and Washington Park clubs; is recognized as a man of brilliant social qualities, a fine conversationalist, an excellent writer and a typical Chicagoan. Mr. Jeffery has been peculiarly happy in his domestic relations, his wife being a woman of social distinction and great popularity in literary and journalistic circles.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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