Jacob Hazelett, the subject of this sketch, is one of the leading young republicans of Johnson County, and sheriff of the same, and is also engaged with his father, M. Hazelett, in the livery business in Franklin. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on April 19, 1850, and is the son of M. and Elenor (McClannahan) Hazelett, both of whom were born in Ireland and immigrated to America in 1849, and located in New York, thence to Cincinnati and thence to Franklin County in August, 1852. Both are living. Our subject was reared in the city of Franklin, and attended the city schools, securing a fair education. He engaged in the livery business in May, 1866, and has continued up to the present date, he and his father now owning the leading stable the city. In 1882, he made the race on the republican ticket for sheriff, but was defeated by 125 votes, and in 1886, he was again re-nominated by the republicans for sheriff, and was elected by a majority of 101 votes, being the only one on the republican ticket who was elected that year, and enjoys the honor and distinction of being the first republican sheriff of Johnson County. He is a member of the K. of P. order, of which he is also a member of the uniform rank.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 615.