Biography of John Morgan Atkinson
JOHN MORGAN ATKINSON. This promising and popular young man, who has just been nominated by the Democrats of Ripley County in the primary election as the party candidate for clerk of the County Court, was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, on September 14, 1870. In the spring of 1873 he removed with his parents to Ripley County and was reared on a farm. He attended the common schools of his district, the Doniphan High School and the Southeast Normal School at Cape Girardeau, Missouri His advancement in his studies was rapid and his grades were always among the highest. He has taught several terms of school and his success in both instruction and management, though teaching in the public school of his own district, among the children with whom he attended school, is remarkable. Mr. Atkinson’s liking is for the law, of which he has read considerably, and no one need be surprised to find him in the near future holding a high place in the legal profession. Being an industrious, energetic, painstaking and obliging young man, and a total abstainer from the use of intoxicants and narcotics, faithful and efficient service as a public man can be safely predicted, and as his nomination assures his election, he will, if alive take the oath of office and enter upon his duties as clerk of the Ripley County Court on January 1, 1895.
He is a member of Composite Lodge No. 369, A. F. & A. M. While not a church member he is a regular attendant upon the services of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, with the doctrines of which his preference lies. He takes an active interest in the work of the Sabbath-school and Young People’s Christian Endeavor. His father, Daniel M. Atkinson, was a soldier in the Confederate Army during the war between the States, and followed the impetuous Gen. N. B. Forrest through a number of set-tos with the “Boys in Blue.” So strong was his attachment to the principles of the “Lost Cause” and his admiration of deeds of daring of its heroes, that he gave to his boy, the subject of this sketch, the name of that brilliant leader who frightened so many of the Buckeyes out of their wits in his mad raid through Ohio, namely, Gen. John H. Morgan. The old gentleman resides on his farm near Bennett, Missouri, where, with his wife and younger children, he tills the soil and enjoys life and good health, the worthy father of so promising a son. Morgan, as our subject is called by all who know him, is very regular in his habits, observing the laws of health and profiting thereby. He is possibly the youngest man in the State to receive such an important nomination, but he is well known and has a splendid record. He is single.