JOHN B. CORRINGTON is a fine type of the native-born citizens of Morgan County, sons of its pioneers, who are actively engaged in tilling its soil and extending its immense agricultural interests. He is successfully and profitably managing a large and well-improved farm, comprising 340 acres of land on section 32, township 16, range 8 west, besides eighty acres of valuable timber land. He makes a specialty of raising and feeding cattle, and sells a large number each year.
Our subject is a son of John W. and Ann E. (Cassell) Corrington. (For parental history see sketch of his brother William on another page of this work). He was born on the farm where his father now lives, east of Jacksonville, and was there bred to the life of a farmer, receiving a sound, practical training in all that goes to make a good farmer. He gleaned a good education in the local district school, making the most of his advantages, and is to-day a well-informed man. In October, 1882, he took unto himself a wife, marrying at that time Miss Mary H., daughter of H.L. Reaves, of this county. Their wedded life was not of long duration, for the shadow of death fell across their peaceful home, and the young wife and mother was taken from her loved ones May 27, 1885. Two children, Elsa A. and Mary E., were the fruit of that marriage. Mr. Corrington was married to his present wife Jan. 19, 1888. Her maiden name was Eugenia S. Thompson, of this county, of whom see sketch in this volume. She is to him a devoted wife, and to his children a kind, loving mother. She presides over their pleasant home with grace, attending carefully to the comforts of its inmates.
Mr. Corrington early entered upon the career of a farmer, and has already achieved more than ordinary success. His home farm is all under admirable cultivation, excepting that part of it devoted to pasturing his herds of cattle. His neat, substantial buildings are in good order, and he has every appliance for conducting agriculture in the most profitable way. Our subject possesses sufficient acumen, foresight, and decision of character to make him an important factor in fostering the highest interests of his community, and he is rightly considered a valuable citizen. He is straightforward in his manner and independent in his views, and is well liked by all with whom he comes in contact either in business or in society. He is a Democrat, but not an active politician, and resolutely refuses to accept any office, as his private affairs occupy all his time. He and his wife are consistent and active members of the Christian Church, and in that faith his first wife died.