Biography of M. W. Pershing
Tipton County, IN Biographies





M. W. PERSHING, editor and proprietor of the Tipton Advocate, was born January 15, 1849, in Warsaw, Kosciusko Co., Ind. He is the eldest of five children, all now living, born to David R. and Sarah M. (Sellers) Pershing, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio respectively. They were married in Wabash County, Ind., in 1848, and are of German descent. Mr. David R., during the greater part of his life, has been a journalist. He conducted papers at Warsaw and Rochester. He was editor of the Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, also of the Muncie Times, besides being connected with other papers throughout the State. He and his wife are now living at Muncie, Ind. He is now in the mercantile business. Prior to the war, he was a Democrat, but is now a Republican. He has been prominent in public life, both as a journalist and as a public officer; he is a member of I. O. O. F. M. W. Pershing received a good education, and at nineteen years of a.ge became a school teacher in his native county. A year after, in association with S. T. Montgomery, he established the Kokomo Journal, a Republican paper. Twelve months afterward, it was sold to the Kokomo Dispatch. In 1876, for a period of three months, he edited the Tipton Republican. In September, 1878, he established the Tipton Advocate, which has achieved eminent success. This paper has a sound financial basis, the subscription list is large, and in addition there is a good job work trade. Soon after starting this paper, he received the nickname of "Marvelous Persimmons," which has since become his well known title. Mr. Pershing is a zealous Republican, and a most valuable and efficient worker for his party in Tipton County. He is an able and forcible writer, and, through his editorials in the columns of the Advocate, has done much to reduce the heavy Democratic majority in the county; he is always to the front in all measures of public improvement, and is well posted on the questions and issues of the day; he is a member of I. O. O. F. December 5, 1872, he was married to Mrs. Melissa A. Cox, of Tipton, a native of Union County. They have one child, Cora E. Both Mr. and Mrs. Pershing are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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