THOMAS H. CHERRY, vice-president of the People's Bank, at Girard, Macoupin County, and one of the city's leading citizens, was born July 17, 1854, in Macoupin County, and is one of the family of four children born to the late Thomas C. Cherry and wife. The father of Mr. Cherry was a large land-owner and successful stockman, and was the first mayor of the city of Girard.
Thomas H. Cherry obtained his education in the public schools and spent many years in the growing and shipping of stock, in connection with extensive agricultural operations. On January 1, 1902, Mr. Cherry became associated with the People's Bank, at Girard, succeeding S. Owen Smith, its present president, in the office of vice-president. Mr. Cherry is also a member of the directing board of this institution and one of its most careful and conservative advisers.
On May 17, 1877, Mr. Cherry was married to Florence Adella Post, who is a daughter of one of the prominent farmers of Macoupin County, and they have had five children; Thomas Alfred and Lora D., deceased; and Clarence S.; Elizabeth and Adella. The family belong to the Baptist Church at Girard.
Since making his home in Girard, Mr. Cherry has been prominently identified with public affairs and has served the city two terms as a member of its council. For 20 years he has been a valued member of the Board of Education, and has taken a deep interest in all public spirited movements tending to the advancement of education or morality. Mr. Cherry is a zealous champion of prohibition and has voted the ticket of the Prohibition party for some years. He occupies a prominent position in th city's business, public and social circles and is in every way one of its representative men.