Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

JOHN M. HERRIMAN. To the person who closely applies himself to any occupation which he has chosen as his calling in life there can come only good results - success and a high place in the esteem of those among whom he has made his home. And Mr. Herriman is no exception to the rule, for it has been by industry and strict attention to agricultural pursuits only that he has attained to the position which he now enjoys. He owns five hundred acres of well improved land in Anderson County, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.

Mr. Herriman is a native of the Buckeye State. He was born in Clarke County, May 22, 1837, and is the son of George W. and Elizabeth (Morris) Herriman. The father was born in Vermont, as was also the grandfather, Stephen Herriman. The latter enlisted as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, but on account of his youth did not participate in any engagements. He removed to Ohio at an early date and located in Clarke County. the father of our subject was married in Ohio to Miss Morris, a native of the Blue Grass State, who died in February, 1847. They were the parents of three children: John M.; Stephen A., who died in Garnett; and Cinderella, who married Henry Harper, and now resides near Hannibal, Mo. The father's second marriage resulted in the birth of three children: Luella, who is married and resides in Indianapolis; Ira, who resides in the Hoosier State; and Ida.

The youthful days of our subject were passed on a farm, and in 1866 he was married to Miss Anna L. Little, a native of Clarke County, Ohio. She was born in 1843, and is a daughter of John and Mary E. Little. Previous to his marriage Mr. Herriman taught school in Ohio two terms, and one term in Iowa. In December, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Sixth Ohio Cavalry, which was later transferred to an independent battalion, and when the Eleventh Cavalry was organized this was made a part of it. He served three years and three months as a non-commissioned officer, principally in the west, fighting Indians and guarding stage routes. In 1868 he came to the Sunflower State and purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 10, on which he resided until 1886, when he moved to Garnett. He is a successful farmer, and his broad acres are covered with many blooded animals - horses, cattle, hogs, etc. To Mr. and Mrs. Herriman have been born three children, Josephine, Maud and Howard, all at home, and all bright, interesting children.

A Republican in his political principles, Mr. Herriman held the office of County Treasurer from 1886 to 1889, inclusive, and discharged the duties of the same in a manner reflecting credit upon himself and his party. Previously he had held the office of Trustee and School Treasurer. Socially he is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. All his attention is given to his occupation, and he possesses those qualities of industry and energy which have brought him so rapidly to the front.

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