Biography of James P. Berry
Winona County, MN Biographies

Among the prominent gentlemen of Pleasant Hill township who have taken an active part in the development of the country we may very properly name Mr. JAMES P. BERRY, who was born January 26, 1843. Though by no means one of the early settlers, yet by his sterling integrity he has succeeded in winning a fame second to none in the township. His intellectual training he received in the common schools of Dane county, Wisconsin, supplemented with one term at private school in the same county. His youth was spent upon a farm, where he developed a strong attachment for fine cattle. At the age of nineteen he enlisted in Co. D, 7th Minn. Inf., (General Sibly commanding); which was ordered against the Sioux Indians at the time of their outbreak, in August, 1862. He was wounded in his right shoulder by the accidental discharge of a musket at Fort Abercrombie, in the fall of 1862. After the surrender of the Indians his regiment went to St. Louis, Missouri, on post duty for six months, then it was transferred to the sixteenth army corps, first division, third brigade, General A. J. Smith commanding. He was in all engagements of the regiment until the middle of February, 1865, when he was sent to McPherson hospital. After languishing there until the last day of May, 1865. he was discharged and returned to civil life. He was married to Miss Emma J. Theyson November 5, 1870. To them have been born three children, only two of whom are now living. In politics Mr. Berry is a republican, and has served his township in nearly all of its various offices. He is at present serving his fifth consecutive term as justice of the peace. He served his congressional district as representative in the sixteenth legislature. He has acted as collector and conveyancer for several years, and though residing on a farm in the interior of the county, he has built up a business which occupies the greater part of his time, and secures for himself hosts of friends all over the state. He is a member of the Pickwick Lodge, No. 110, A. F. and A. M., of which he was the first master.

The History of Winona County
Together with Biographical Matter, Statistics, Etc.
BY: A. T. Andreas
H. H. Hill and Company, Publishers
Chicago 1883.


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