William B. Jennings, the subject of this sketch, is a prominent young citizen of Franklin, an ex-official of Johnson County, Ind., and president of the Johnson County Creamery Company. He was born in Franklin, Ind., on January 4, 1852, and is the son of William H. and Margaret J. (Lyons) Jennings. He attended the public schools of Franklin until his seventeenth year, and then entered Hanover College, where he remained about two years. Returning home, he entered the county auditor’s office as a clerk under E. N. Woollen, auditor, and continued in that capacity for three and a half years. In June, 1876, he went to Indianapolis and took a position as clerk in the auditor’s office of Marion County, holding the same for about three years. In 1878, he was nominated by the democrats for county auditor of Johnson County, and was elected by a handsome majority. So satisfactory was his administration of that office, that in 1882, he was re-nominated and elected, thus holding the same for eight years, the constitutional term, returning in 1887. In September, 1886, he assisted in establishing the Johnson County Creamery Company, of which he was elected president, a position he now holds. In April, 1879, he was united in marriage with Mary E., daughter of William and Caroline Donahey.

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Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 620.