A. J. Loughery, the subject of this sketch, was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., September 13, 1865, son of R. S. and Martha (Mitchell) Loughery, parents both natives of this state. The father was by occupation a miller, and followed that calling for a number of years in the counties of Johnson and Bartholomew. He served in the late war as member of Company C, Twenty-seventh Indiana volunteer Infantry, and for a period of three years shared the vicissitudes of his command in many of the bloodiest battles of the struggle, in one of which, the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., he received a severe wound, a minne ball passing nearly through his body. He was with the regiment in the battles of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, Antietam, Va., Gettysburg, Penn., Resacca, Atlanta, and numerous other engagements, including Sherman’s celebrated Georgia campaign, in all of which he bore the part of a brave soldier and sincere patriot. He died at Lowell Mills, Ind., in 1877, and lies buried in the Edinburg cemetery. Of the six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Loughery, four are living, the subject of this sketch being the oldest of the family. Mrs. Loughery is still living, making her home at this time in Edinburg. A. J. Loughery was reared to manhood in Edinburg, and in 1884, graduated from the high school with honors, delivering the valedictory address upon that occasion. In 1887, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary W. Cutsinger, a young lady of refinement and intelligence, and a graduate in the same class with her husband. Mr. Loughery became principal of the Edinburg high school, in 1886, and has already won an enviable reputation as a painstaking and successful educator. He is a young man of exemplary habits, and possesses those traits of character which insure his success in the future. He and wife are members of the Christian Church of Edinburg.