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Dr. J. W. Cannon, allopathic physician, although a new man in this county, has been successful as a practitioner and has gained the confidence of the people. He was born in Hancock county, Illinois, April 15, 1849, and is the son of Arthur M. and Elizabeth (Gibson) Cannon, who are natives of South Carolina, and of Scotch-Irish descent. His early life was spent on a farm receiving a common school education during that time, and attended the college at Abingdon, Illinois, during the year 1864, and in 1867 and 1868 attended the Branch institute, at Macomb, and afterwards graduated at the Quincy Commercial college. He entered the Medical institute at Keokuk in the winter of 1872-3 from which place he afterwards graduated and practiced in Sac county until 1876, when he took another course at Keokuk. He again returned to Sac county, where he remained until October, 1883, when he came to Atlantic. He was married in Sac City, October 2, 1878, to Miss Jennie Dobson, a native of Tippiary, Ireland, but of English extraction, her parents having removed to Ireland prior to her birth. They have one child--Ray, who is five years of age. The doctor is a member of the county and state medical associations, and owns considerable property in Sac county, having been very successful there.

Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 401-402.

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