John Wesley was born in Pepperell

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

John Wesley was born in Pepperell, Massachusetts back in 1832 to William and Rosannah. He went to Iron City College in Pennsylvania and onward to the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He was admitted to the bar in Missouri in 1857. His practice was in Ironton, Missouri where he practiced law for the remainder of his life.

He volunteered in 1862 in the 68th Missouri Militia however, he was given the rank of Colonel the group was disbanded. In 1864, he enlisted in the 47th Missouri Infantry as a private. However, soon is was commissioned as a Major of the regiment. He was involved in the Battle of Pilot Knob. In 1865, his regiment pursued General Hood into Alabama.   Capturing more than 1000 prisoners he remained in command of the regiment through the end of the war.

After the war, he resumed his law practice at Ironton, appointed to the Judgeship of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court. In 1890, he invested $50,000.00 to two Scottish orphans as start-up capital to which he also lent his name. he died on June 20, 1899 inn Ironton, Missouri

The upstart corporation that bears his name, well let me tell you I’m writing about John Wesley Emerson of course the company is still in business to this day. Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company, only now you know the rest of the story. Until tomorrow keep a smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Comments (15)

faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

The namesake of companies is so interesting!

Jun 26, 2017 04:36 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. John was quite the fellow! Enjoy your day!

Jun 26, 2017 04:43 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another home-grown Massachusetts native.... have yourself a good day...go play 9 holes todar...

Jun 26, 2017 04:50 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

At least he kept trying for his military career.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jun 26, 2017 04:58 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I grew up with Emerson TVs in my parents house so I am familiar with the company he formed.

Jun 26, 2017 05:05 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James, 

Emerson has quite a legacy. But I am very impressed with his ability to go from private to major! 

Jun 26, 2017 06:12 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This guy was fascinating, committed and hardworking. Great read.

Jun 26, 2017 06:21 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

James Dray  he was the founder of a great company I think they still make tv's today .Very interesting

Jun 26, 2017 07:15 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Another one of your fascinating people stories..  We enjoy them, keep them coming. A

Jun 26, 2017 07:51 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

An interesting man indeed, but I still have never heard of his company, haha.

Jun 26, 2017 07:55 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

James- I love learning something about the person behind the company. 

Jun 26, 2017 09:12 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I do find something of interest every day in your posts James Dray 

Jun 26, 2017 11:38 PM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

For fun...I googled Emerson Manufacturing...lots of them was not sure which one was "his"....but whichever, he has made an indelible mark on history.

Jun 27, 2017 04:00 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Jun 27, 2017 04:31 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

And here I thought you were telling the story of Methodism, James Dray ... good thing I kept reading!  You broadened my education ...


Jul 25, 2017 10:10 AM