PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
MACOUPIN COUNTY ILLINOIS - 1891

Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company


Page 431

DR. JACOB T. DICKERSON, who is successfully engaged in the drug business in Brighton and to some extent practices medicine, was born in Sussex County, De., on the 26th of February, 1829, and is a son of Peter and Sarah (Laughlin) Dickerson. His father was a native of New Jersey, but grew to manhood in Delaware, where he met and married Sarah Laughlin. Both, however, had been previously married. The lady was a native of Sussex County, Del., of Scotch descent. They lived as farming people and after a long and useful life of three score years passed away. Mrs. Dickerson was a member of the Methodist Church, which Mr. Dickerson also attended. He was a soldier of the War of 1812.

Our subject has one sister who is yet living - Elizabeth, wife of Isaac Murphy, of Niles, Ill. Upon his father's farm the Doctor grew to manhood and acquired a good literary education, though his school training was very limited. Possessing a studious nature, in his leisure evenings by his own fire light he was peruse those vo9lumes which served as the basis of a good, practical knowledge. Deciding to make the profession his life work, he entered upon its study under the direction of John S. Prettyman, of Milford, Del. He afterward entered the Philadelphia Eclectic college, from which he was graduated on the 18th of February, 1860. He then resolved to locate in the West, where he believed better openings were afforded ambitious young men, and on the 16th of July, 1860, drove to Brighton and hung out his shingle, soliciting the patronage of all those in need of medical services. From the beginning his practice constantly increased, and he successfully engaged in the prosecution of his profession until within a few years, when he abandoned that work. In 1865 he established a drug store, which he has since carried on, being now the owner of one of the leading establishments of the kind in Brighton. He also carries a full line of hardware.

The Doctor was united in marriage, in 1861, with Mrs. Amanda Whitlock, whose maiden name was Loveland. By her first marriage was born one child, who died young. Unto our subject and his worthy wife have been born one son, Leonard M., an enterprising and wide-awake young business man, who is now associated with his father in business. He married Miss Jennetta Robertson, and one child graces their union, Donald. Since locating here the Doctor has been numbered among the prominent citizens of the community, and by his fellow townsmen has frequently been called upon to serve in positions of public trust. He has filled most of the offices of the township and village, and at present is Supervisor of the town of Brighton. In politics he is a Republican and his opinions are received with respect in the local councils of his party. Socially he is connected with the Knights of Honor and the Odd Fellows Society, of Brighton, of which he is a charter member. An intelligent and broad minded man, the Doctor possesses qualities of sterling worth, and is esteemed alike by those with whom business or social relations have brought him in contact. He won a position in the front rank of his profession, keeping always abreast of the times, and the same enterprise has characterized his career as a druggist.


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