James P. Dunn

James P. Dunn. The interests of Pike County would be incomplete with the     
mention of Mr. Dunn,one of its prominent planters. He was born in Greene     
County, Ala., June 3, 1847, one of a family of fourteen children born to the 
union of Wesley and Martha (Horton) Dunn, natives of North Carolina, born    
in 1814 and 1820, respectively. Their children were as follows: Alert W.,    
Bolen H. (deceased), Lucy M. (deceased), Julius C., Mattie A. (deceased),    
Wiley P. (deceased), James P., Sidney F., Samuel W., Martha, and four        
children who died in infancy. The father was a very successful agriculturist 
who emigrated from North Carolina to Alabama in Greene County, where he      
lived until 1859, when he emigrated to Arkansas, settling in Dallas County,  
and resided there until his death in 1871; his widow followed him in 1887.   
Mr. Dunn was an ardent Democrat, and took an active part in the politics of  
his county, serving several terms as constable; he also took an active       
interest in the building up of churches, schools and society. Both he and    
wife were worthy members of the Missionary Baptist Church. The subject of    
this sketch received his education in the private school of Dallas County,   
Ark. After finishing his education he engaged in farming, also teaching      
schools for three seasons. One December 24, 1874, he was united in marriage  
to Miss Mollie E. Cooper, a native of Georgia, and to this union have been   
born six children, viz., Carlos W.., Cora J., Sterling P. (deceased), Roscoe 
H. (deceased), Claude W. (deceased) and Fred S. Mr. Dunn has always          
continued in his chosen avocation, farming, in which he has been unusually   
successful. He now owns about 280 acre of land, with 114 acres under         
cultivation; also a town lot. He takes an active interest in politics of his 
county, voting the Union Labor ticket. He has held the office of justice of  
the peace, and in 1887 and 1889 represented this county in the General       
Assembly. Both he and his wife are earnest members of the Christian Church.  
Mr. Dunn belongs to the Masonic fraternity, a members of Manchester Lodge    
No. 16.                                                                      
Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, 
pages 325-326.                                                               
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