Jehiel T. Day was born near Mt. Vernon, Knox county, Ohio, November 12, 1833. He was reared and grew to manhood in his native place, receiving his primary education in Sloan’s Academy, of Mt. Vernon, which he completed with. a two years’ course in Oberlin College. In his twenty-first year he became a teacher in the district schools, which occupation he alternated with farming, continuing to teach in winter and farm in summer until the dark cloud of civil war hovered over the land in the spring of 1861. In April of that year he laid aside his peaceful pursuits and offered his services in defense of his country, enlisting in Company B, Fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, for three months. At the expiration of his term of service he again enlisted, this time casting his lot with Company H, of the gallant Sixty-fifth Ohio, and served until honorably discharged at the close of hostilities. He resumed teaching and farming in his Ohio home, but remained only a short time, when he journeyed westward, and in December, 1866, is found a citizen of Missouri, and early in January of the next year became a resident of Gallatin.
After locating in Gallatin, Mr. Day continued his profession of teaching until 1876, in which year he purchased a half interest in the North Missourian, the Republican paper of Gallatin, which lie still retains and controls In August, 1881, he was commissioned postmaster of Gallatin, by President Garfield, and is at present most acceptably filling the position. Mr. Day is a pleasant, unassuming gentleman, and possesses a large circle of friends.
Mr. Day was united in marriage to Mrs. Paulina F. Davis, of Gallatin, May 2, 1881. She is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Mt. Vernon Lodge No. 20, I. O. O. F., where he received the degrees in 1862.