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John Lilley, Jr. Esquire


John Lilley, Jr. Esquire

Photograph courtesy of
Sandra Eberhardt,
Parrottsville, TN

John Lilley, Jr. Esquire

(A biographical sketch contributed by Sandra Eberhardt, Parrottsville, TN)

President of Common Council, was born near Coatsville, Chester Co. PA in 1844 and came with his parents to Delaware Co. in 1850 and to Chester in 1856, where he has since resided. In 1862, he enlisted in the civil war, in Co. H, 4th US Artillery, serving 3 years in the Army of the Cumberland under General Thomas. When 8 years of age he began work in a woolen factory, learning the business thoroughly, and today he is one of the most successful manufacturers of the city. In 1872, he started in business at the Lamokin Mill, Front and Franklin Sts, with his father, under the firm name of Lilley and Sons, which was afterward formed into a stock company, and is known as the Lilley and Sons Manufacturing Co., owning one of the largest woolen mills in the city. He was elected to council in 1883, and is now serving his second term. In 1888, he was elected President of Common Council, which position he now holds.

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