John T. Clyne, the subject of this sketch, was born at Cohoes, N. Y., Dec. 8, 1857.
A further check traces the Clyne family to some Dutch Colonists who emigrated from Holland and settled in a small
village in the County of Longford, Ireland, about the middle of the Seventeenth Century.
Thomas Clyne, the grandfather, drifted into the United States, by way of Canada, and settled for a while near Utica,
N. Y., where he met and married a Miss McCormick. whose family were farmers and early settlers in that section.
Mr. Clyne's father, James Clyne, was born at Whitesboro, Oneida County, New York, in 1832. As soon as he was old
enough he began work at the carpenter trade and landed in Chicago in the year 1853. He returned to New York State
the following year and settled at Cohoes, Albany County, N. Y. He married Catherine Quinn, the daughter of Thomas
and Mary Quinn, formerly of Union Village, Washington County, State of New York, where his mother was born in the
The first seventeen years of Mr. Clyne's life were spent in Cohoes, N. Y. He attended the public schools and worked
in a woolen factory and in the Spring of 1875, came to Chicago where he worked for a while in the Palmer and Fuller
Sash and Door Factory, at Twenty second Street and the River. Being unable to acquire the Bohemian language he
quit and started to learn the brick laying trade. His employer failed in business and Mr. Clyne left Chicago and
came to Will County in 1875. He worked on a farm in and about Plainfield for six years and attended the Valparaiso
University during the winter months and married Anna L. McClosky in 1880. He taught school the first winter and
the following summer engaged in handling horses and took his first lesson in politics. He drifted into commercial
business and then back to polities and was postmaster of the City of Joliet for twelve years. In 1914, with E.
J. Murphy, he organized the Commercial Trust & Savings Bank of Joliet.
Mr. Clyne has three sons. Meade, a physician, born April 30, 1882, and residing at Tucson. Wade, a dentist, born
August 2, 1884, and living in Joliet, and James V., born June 28, 1886. The latter is cashier of the Commercial
Trust & Savings Bank of Joliet.
Mr. Clyne is Republican and his lodge affiliations are Masonic.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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