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Biography of Lewis A. Jarman

From Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Volume II, Schuyler County:

Lewis A. Jarman

For many years public opinion has accorded Lewis A. Jarman a foremost place among the citizens and legal practitioners of Schuyler County, and so stable a fixture has he become in the affairs of Rushville that his election to his present position as Mayor, in April, 1905, would seem a natural and expected continuation of the many honors growing out of his ability, integrity and large capacity for useful citizenship.

Of Southern ancestry on both sides of his family, Mr. Jarman was born in Greensboro, Maryland, September 28, 1858, a son of Thomas H. and Mary E. (Lewis) Jarman, natives of Maryland and Delaware, respectively.  His grandparents, Thomas H. and Elizabeth Jarman, were born in Maryland, and his maternal grandparents, Thomas H. and Sabra Lewis, were natives of Delaware and Maryland, respectively.  Completing his preliminary education at the Western Maryland College, at Westminster, he then entered the Maryland University, at Baltimore, and after graduating therefrom in the class of 1881, spent a year acquiring the rudiments of law in a law office in Baltimore, and has been in the active practice of law in Rushville since 1882, building upon the foundation of splendid personal qualities, a reputation for reliable, conservative and dependable professional service.

An abiding belief in the best tenets of the Republican Party has led Mr. Jarman to espouse its cause with vigor and enthusiasm, and through various local official channels he has labored to promote the best interests of the community.  Mr. Jarman was a delegate from the Fifteenth Congressional District to the Republican National convention in June, 1904, and in April, 1905, was elected chief executive of the city of Rushville.  His marriage to Lizzie B. Ray, a native of Rushville and graduate of the Northwestern University, at Evanston, Illinois, occurred June 26, 1889.  The distinguishing characteristics of Mr. Jarman are force of character, indomitable energy and executive ability, potent agencies for the advancement of men to important stations in life.

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