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Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company

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LEONARD M. DICKERSON, widely known as a druggist and general merchant of Brighton, was born in this place January 13, 1863, and is one of its most enterprising citizens. He is a son of Dr. Jacob T. and Amanda M. (Loveland) Dickerson, the former of whom was a native of Delaware. The mother was born in Rhode Island and came to Brighton with her parents in her girlhood, her father, Leonard Loveland, being one of the early settlers of Macoupin county. Dr. Jacob T. Dickerson came to Brighton in 1859, while he was still a student of a medical college in Philadelphia, in which he had spent two terms. He taught school at Bethany during the summer and fall and then returned to Philadelphia where he completed his medical course. In the spring of 1860 he began the practice of his profession at Brighton and became one of the leading physicians and surgeons of this part of the state. He engaged actively in his profession for thirty-eight years and died in 1898, in his seventieth year. In religious faith he was a Methodist and he was one of the prominent supporters of the church at Brighton. Fraternally he was identified with the Odd Fellows and held a number of the principal offices in that organization.

Mr. Dickerson of this sketch acquired his early education in the public schools of Brighton and later attended Brighton Academy under Professor Nathaniel Hill, who was for a number of years a member of the faculty of Dartmouth College. After completing the course at the academy Mr. Dickerson became a student of Blackburn University at Carlinville. In 1885 he went to Florida where he spent several months planting an orange orchard and also looking about for business opportunities. Not finding any favorable openings, he returned home and associated with his father in the drug business which he later had established about 1865. Believing that the field was large enough for a new business venture, they opened a general mercantile establishment which is now the leading house of the kind at Brighton. He has proved one of the reliable men of the community and the business which he has seen grow from its inception is now firmly established and yields a handsome annual revenue upon the capital and labor expended.

On December 15, 1886, Mr. Dickerson was married to Miss Jeannette Robertson, a native of Jersey county, Illinois. Two children have been born to this union, one of whom, Courtney Loveland, survives. Mr. Dickerson has been a close observer and a practical student of men and affairs, being also a progressive and wide awake business man who aims to keep well abreast of the progress which is a distinguishing characteristic of the twentieth century. He is a valued member of Hibbard Lodge, No. 249, A.F. & A.M., and Brighton Lodge, No. 366, I.O.O.F. Possessing a kindly heart and a cordial manner, he has readily made friends and today is one of the most popular and respected citizens of Brighton.

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