Biography of James McLaughlin
This biography appears in
"History of Clinton Co. (Iowa)"
by L. P. Allen, 1879
JAMES McLAUGHLIN, farmer, Section 16; P. 0. Goose Lake; owns 360 acres; he was born in Kenosha, Wis., March 28, 1838, whence, after a residence of thirteen years, he removed to Clinton Co., Iowa, where he has lived since, excepting four years, which he spent in Jackson Co., Iowa, within six miles of where he lives at the present time. He has served his township faithfully for years as Township Clerk, Township Trustee, School Director and Road Supervisor. He is a stanch Jacksonian Democrat. He married Jane Collins, a native of Jackson Co., Iowa, daughter of Dennis and Mary Collins, in that county, April 8,1860, and had eight children, seven still living‹John, Mary Ann, Susan Jane, Dennis, Julia, James Bernard and Eliza Jane. All are members of the Roman Catholic Church. Started totally without capital; now has a comfortable homestead, and a fortune estimated at from $20,000 to$25,000.