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JAMES L. METZ


Was born in Pike county, Illinois, January 27, 1834. His father, Hon. Benj. B. Metz, was born in Maryland, Nov. 14, 1806. He was of German descent. When but a small boy his parents moved to Virginia, locating in the Shenandoah Valley. He was married to Miss Jane, daughter of James and Sophia Lawson, in April, 1833. Mrs. Metz was born in Adams county, Ohio, February, 1812. Her father was also a native of Virginia, and her mother of Pennsylvania. They were of English descent. Mr. Metz had a family of twelve children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest. Nine of his children are yet living, all married. In the year 1833 Mr. Metz and wife came to Pike county, where he engaged in mercantile pursuits for a period of twelve years, during the same time carrying on the saw mill in Chambersburg with his brother John. In 1844 he represented Pike county in the legislature, elected as the whig candidate. He served with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. After he quit merchandizing he became a farmer, meeting with excellent success, becoming quite a large landholder. He had but little money when he came to Illinois. It is another example of what can be accomplished by honest industry. He was a member of the M. E. Church, ever zealous in the cause. He is mentioned in the history of the township as among the early settlers. He died at his residence April 9, 1870. A view of his late residence is shown in this work. Mr. Metz died still holding the esteem and respect of his fellow citizens. Politically, he was an active worker in the republican ranks.

The subject of this sketch received his early education in the schools of Pike county; he also attended McKendree College in 1853-4. After quitting the classic halls he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. He also taught two winters in the public schools of Chambersburg. At the age of twenty-two he married Miss Emily, daughter of John and Emily Morris, also of Pike county. The fruits of their union were a family of eight children, only six of whom are now living. In the spring of 1864 he engaged in merchandizing with J. F. Metz, and is still following that business. Politically, he is a strong advocate of the republican principles, always having voted as such was a strong Union man during the war. He is now residing in Chambersburg, enjoying moderate health.