ROBERTSON, John R., the well known and efficient Cashier of the Jacksonville National Bank, was born in Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., July 10, 1872, a son of John and Kate (Rawlings) Robertson, natives of Illinois, the former born near Orleans, Morgan County, February 2, 1823, and the latter, on August 2, 1842, near Beardstown, Cass County. (See sketch of father preceding). His paternal grandparents, Alexander and Elizabeth Robertson, were natives of Perthshire, Scotland, while his grandparents on the maternal side, Greenbury and Elizabeth Rawlings, were born in Lancaster, Pa.
John R. Robertson received his early mental training in his native city, and after his school days were over, became Assistant Cashier of the Farmers' National Bank, serving in this position until 1895, when he was elected Assistant Cashier of the Jacksonville National Bank, from which, on July 1, 1896, he was promoted to the position of Cashier of the same institution.
On December 24, 1902, Mr. Robertson was united in marriage with Ettie May Pierson, who was born in Boston, Mass., where she received her education. One child, John Robert Robertson, has resulted from this union.
Politically, Mr. Robertson is an active and influential Republican. He served as Chairman of the Morgan County Republican Central Committee from 1900 to 1903, was a member of the Governor's staff, and at present is on the Board of Trustees of the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb, in Jacksonville. Religiously, he is a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, in which he officiates as a Trustee. In fraternal circles, he is affiliated with the A. F. & A. M., having passed the 32d degree at Peoria, Ill. He belongs to the Mystic Shrine, of Peoria, and is a Knight Templar and a member of the Chapter, Council and Blue Lodge. He is also identified with the M. W. A. K. of P., I. O. O. F. and B. P. O. E. Mr. Robertson is one of the most capable, favorably known and popular of the younger business men in Morgan County.