Hon. James A. Dun, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. London, was born in this State August 20. 1824. He is the son of Robert and Lucy W. (Agnes) Dun, of Scotch descent. and the latter a native of Virginia. Our subject reached his majority working on a farm, after which he dealt in stock for six years. In 1852, he went to California, and for six years was engaged in mining. In 1858, he moved to Missouri and engaged in mercantile pursuits and in dealing in town lots, being a partner of William James, with whom he laid out the town of St. James in 1862. In the latter year he went to Nevada, and, until 1863, speculated in mining stock, after which he worked a silver mine for one year. In 1869. he again went to San Francisco and acted for R. G. Dun & Co.'s mercantile agency. He afterward engaged in the iron mines of Missouri until 1876, and in the silver mines of Colorado until 1881, when he returned to Ohio and purchased the Judge Thomas farm of 200 acres, four miles west of London. Mr. Dun is a Republican in politics. He was Assistant Provost Marshal in Missouri during the war, was a member of the First Nevada Legislature in 1864. He has experienced all the vicissitudes of a miner's life, and has undergone all the hardships of Western travel in the early days and the mining craze. He was married, January 28, 1871, to Celestine Bonner, a daughter of Matthew Bonner, of Clark County.


From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]