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Fayette County, Iowa
Portrait & Biographical Album of Fayette County Iowa
Containing Full Page Portraits and Biographical Sketches of
Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County
Lake City Publishing Co., Chicago
James P. Parrott
James P. Parrott, who is engaged in the jewelry business in West Union, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in Unionville on the 8th of February, 1842, and is a son of William D. and Margaret (Bagnall) Parrott. His literary education was acquired in the common schools and his business training with his father, who was a jeweler by trade, and for many years engaged in that vocation. Our subject succeeded to his father's business in company with his sisters, Ella and Maggie, and under the firm name of J. P. Parrott & Co. affairs are managed.
Mr. Parrott laid aside all other interests in the autumn of 1864 and responded to the country's call for troops, enlisting on the 14th of October as a member of the First Iowa Battery, Light Artillery. He served until the close of the war, participating in the battle of Nashville, Tenn., and other minor engagements. When hostilities had ceased and the war was at an end he was mustered out in Davenport on the 5th of July, 1865, and returned to his home and his business.
Mr. Parrott was married in this city to Sarah L. Gruver, the union being celebrated January 27, 1867. The lady is a native of Ohio, having been born in Ashland County. With her mother she came west in 1865, locating in this city where she has since made her home. She is a member of the Presbyterian Church and has many warm friends throughout the community, being held in high regard in the social world.
Our subject takes considerable interest in civic societies and holds membership with West Union Lodge, No. 69, A. F. & A. M.; West Union Lodge No. 124, K. P.; Abernethy Post No. 48, G. A. R., and West Union Lodge No. 25, A. O. U. W. He is ranked among the leading business men of the place, has succeeded in building up a good trade and is a valued citizen. In politics he is a Republican.
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