SPRINGER, (HON.) JOHN T., brother of the preceding, and son of Rev. Thomas B. and Catherine (Sandusky) Springer, was born in Sullivan County, Ind., Jan. 31, 1831. After completing his education in the Jacksonville public schools, and taking a brief course in Illinois College, he went to California, where for two years he was engaged in mining and as superintendent of a water-works system. Then returning to Jacksonville, he began the study of law with Judge William Thomas and in 1858 was admitted to the bar, at once commencing practice in Jacksonville, which he continued until 1883. In 1859 he was elected Commissioner of Public Schools for Morgan County, in which he served four years, as successor to Dr. Newton Bateman, who had been elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction for his first term.
About 1883, having retired from the practice of his profession on account of the demands of his private business, he became a stockholder in the First National Bank of Jacksonville, and was subsequently elected President of the institution. Serving until 1897, when it surrendered its charter and was reorganized as a private banking house. Of the original bank he was one of its first Directors. In 1864 and again in 1866 he was elected Representative from Morgan County in the State Legislature, serving two terms, and was prominently identified with important legislation of that period, especially the enactment of the laws regulating corporations, and that which resulted in the erection of the east wing of the Central Hospital for the Insane.
On August 14, 1858, Mr. Springer was united in marriage with Sarah Henderson, a daughter of Cary Henderson. This union resulted in three children, namely: John Wallace, of Denver, Colo.; Nellie (Mrs. Edward M. Kinman), of Jacksonville; and Lula C., who died at the age of twenty-seven years. Originally a supporter of the Democratic party, since 1896 he has maintained an independent attitude in political campaigns. Religiously he has no sectarian connection, although formerly a member of the Methodist Episcopal denomination. He is a man of superior ability, and his long career in Jacksonville has been conspicuous for its identification with measures of public interest. In his early life he gained some literary prominence by his correspondence and contributions to newspapers. A romance of California, from his pen, entitled "Frank and Lillian," was first published in the "Golden Era," of San Francisco.