THOMAS R. CUNNINGHAM, a prominent farmer of Grant district, Hancock Co., W. Va., was born June 5, 1842, near where he now resides. His father's name was John R. Cunningham, born in Washington county, Penn., August 10, 1810, and died July 9, 1878. His early education was limited to the common schools, and he followed the vocation of farming all his life. He was married to Sarah J., daughter of Thomas and Jane Finley, December 8, 1838. She was born June 20, 1820, in Washington county, Penn. The issue of this marriage was nine children, two of whom are deceased, Sarah M. and Samuel R. Those living are: Thomas R., Robert, David, John , Margaret J. (Edie), Mary V. (Fowler), and James C. Our subject had a fair opportunity of gaining an education, attending the common schools until twenty-two years of age. After leaving school he began the occupation of farming and has been engaged in that vocation ever since with admirable success. Mr. Cunningham is unmarried. He is a member of the Presbyterian church. He is a staunch democrat in politics and much respected by all.
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