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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Daniel d. Cannon

SOURCE: "Early History and Pioneers of Champaign County, Illinois," by Milton W. Mathews and Lewis A. McLean, editors of the Champaign County Herald, published by the Champaign County Herald, 1886


DANIEL D. CANNON was born in Shelby county, Ohio, March 10, 1837. His father’s name was Richard M. CANNON, born in Ireland. He died in Ohio, at the advanced age of ninety-two. His mother’s name was Mary BRODERICK, born in New Jersey; she died in Ohio in 1865. Ths subject of this sketch lived in Ohio, where he received a good common school education. In August, 1856, being then nineteen years of age, he left Ohio for the west and decided to locate in Urbana, which was then in a new country. The Illinois Central road had only been built through this county about two years previous and he saw splendid opportunities for the future. For several years he worked on a farm, then at the trade of a carpenter; then for several years he engaged in mercantile business. When the civil war broke out he was among the first to enlist, going out as a private in Company I, in the Second Illinois Cavalry and served three years. In 1858 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. BLACK, of Urbana. Two children were born to then, Ada F., who married T. W. SCOTT, a passenger conductor on the J. & S. E. railroad and resides at Eureka, Illinois, and Jennie E., who married James W. BRADDOCK, a passenger engineer on the C. C., C. & I. railway and resides at Indianapolis, Indiana. Mrs. Cannon died in 1886 and Mr. Cannon married Miss Aseneth BLACK in August, 1890, of Urbana, who is still living. He has been a member of the Presbyterian church of Urbana for over twenty-five years, having filled the office of deacon for many years. Politically, he has always been a republican casting his first vote with that party and for each candidate of that party ever since. After he returned from the army he was elected to the office of constable and has made an efficient officer, filling that office with satisfaction to all concerned for eighteen years. He was appointed to the office of deputy sheriff and has filled that responsible position for the past eight years and now holds that office under S. C. Fox, the present sheriff. His long experience as constable during which time he was more or less connected with the sheriff’s office, and his term of eight years as deputy makes him one of the most efficient officers in the county. He is thoroughly conversant with all the duties of the office, is acquainted throughout the entire county and a large part of central Illinois and is almost invaluable in his position. He has the reputation of being one of the best officers in this part of the state and has, during the twenty-six years of his official life proven himself to be possessed of more than ordinary executive ability and the right man in the right place.

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