Biography of John L. Thorne
Hastings, Dakota County, MN Biographies

John L. Thorne, an early settler of Hastings, was born in Winkleigh, Devonshire, England, May 18th, 1814. When a lad of twelve years he entered a dry goods store and continued in that line until coming to America in 1834. For twentythree years he resided at Batavia, New York, and was a leading merchant there. Came to Hastings in 1856 and has since been a prominent citizen, merchant and banker. He was mayor of the city in 1860- '63- '64. Miss Josephine Chapman, of Mattawan, New Jersey, became his wife in 1863. They have three children, John M., Edward C. and Annie.


From:
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Minneapolis. 1881.


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