John H. Paisley


JOHN H. PAISLEY, cabinet maker and undertaker of Toronto was born at Knoxville, Jefferson County, December 17, 1852. His father, James, was a well known resident of this county and a cabinet maker by occupation. Margaret, his wife to whom he was married about 1843 was a daughter of James and Rachel Alexander, the former of whom was a native of Pennsylvania and a captain in the war of 1812. By this marriage, James Paisley had thirteen children, of whom ten were boys and eleven of whom are now living. He died in 1877 but his wife is still living. John H. Paisley after his school days, was at first occupied in farm work for some time and then went to New Cumberland, where he was employed for five years in the brickyards. Subsequently he returned to Ohio and at his father's death, took charge of his business which he continued until 1882. In that year he came to Toronto and embarked in his poresent business, in which he has met with pronounced success. Mr. Paisley is a member of the Masonic order, the K. of P., the I. O. O. F., the Junior Order of AMerican Mechanics and the F. M. C. In politics he has taken an active part, working as a member of the republican party, and in the interests of his city. He is prominent in his party councils, and has served four years as a member of the county central committee. He was elected mayor of Toronto, an office to which he was re-elected and held during two terms to the satisfaction of all concerned. In 1886 he was elected justice of the peace, an office in which he is now serving his second term. In all his official capacities he has earned the esteem of the community.

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