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James F. Tucker


Honorable James F. Tucker is a member of one of the oldest families in Perry County, where he was born in 1828. He is one of thirteen children born to Josephus and Nancy (Kenner) Tucker. Josephus Tucker was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1780, and when a lad removed with his parents to Georgia. In February 1802 he arrived in Missouri and located in what is now Perry County, where he died in October 1858.

During his early residence in the county he was employed at the saltworks of General Dodge, but during the greatest portion of his life he was engaged in farming.

James F. Tucker was reared upon the farm, and received his education at the Hertich Academy in Ste. Genevieve County. Subsequently he was engaged in teaching and farming for several years. In 1853 he engaged in merchandising (sic) at Rozier's Mill, and continued until 1858, since which time he has devoted his attention to farming and trading in stock, carrying on an extensive business in that line. He is the owner of 600 acres of land in St. Mary's township.

He is thoroughly well acquainted with Perry County and her people, and in 1884 was elected to the Legislature, in which he was an influential member. He was an advocate of all worthy measures, and refers with especial pride to the advocacy of the supreme court commission bill and of the Downing high license bill.

In the summer of 1858 Mr. Tucker married Miss Margaret Abernathy, a native of Perry County, born in 1839, and they now have one child, Robert L., a student in the Columbia Law School.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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