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.