Among the representative men and public-spirited citizens of Fayette county, Ohio, is Joseph E. Arnott. a prosperous farmer of Perry township, a man who has always been deeply interested in the welfare of his community. He has made his influence felt for good in his locality, and. being a man of sterling worth, whose life has been closely interwoven with the history of the community in which he resides, he well merits inclusion among the representative men of his county. His efforts have always been directed along proper lines and in the material advancement of his county, as well as its social and moral welfare, he has always been greatly interested. The well regulated life he has led has won for him the respect and admiration of his fellow citizens and in all the relations of life he has proved a man among men and is well deserving of the confidence which h.as been reposed in him.
Joseph M. Arnott. the present trustee of Perry township, was born September 2. 1862, in Madison township, in this county. He is the son of Nathan and Mary (Towne) Arnott. his father also being a native of Madison township. Nathan Arnott was the son of Andrew and Jane (Douglass) Arnott. natives of Virginia and early settlers in Fayette county. Nathan Arnott and wife reared a family of nine children, Mrs. Cory Wilson. William, Joseph M., Mrs. Mary Wilson, Mrs. Fisher Leverton, Frank, Mrs. Esther Limes, Mrs. Tirzah Odell and Elizabeth. All of these children are still living except Frank and Esther.
Joseph M. Arnott finished the common schools of Madison township and then entered the high school at Greenfield and completed the four years' course. Until he graduated from high school he spent all of his winters from the age of six in the school room while his summer vacations were spent on his father's farm assisting with the work of the farm. After leaving school he worked with his father on the home farm until he reached the age of twenty-three when he married and began farming for himself on his present farm. He has one hundred and fifty acres of highly productive land on the Chesterfield road in Perry township on which he grows all of the grains common to this section of the state. In addition he pays considerable attention to the raising of a high grade of live stock and is uniformly successful in both phases of farming.
Mr. Arnott was married January 21, 1886, to Sarah A. Dwyer, the daughter of Carey A. and Eliza J. (Irwin) Dwyer, and to this union has been born one son, Frank, who married Minnie Pinkerton.
Politically, Mr. Arnott is a Republican and a firm believer in the principles of that party. He has always taken an active part in the political affairs of his township and county, and his party, recognizing his ability as a man and his integrity as a public-spirited citizen, nominated him for the important office of trustee of Perry township. His subsequent election to this important office indicates that he has the confidence of his fellow citizens and his administration of the affairs of the office has shown that this confidence was not misplaced. He is a man of genial disposition and kindly impulses and has a host of friends throughout the township and county who admire him for his good qualities of head and heart.
From History of Fayette County Ohio - Her People, Industries and Institutions by Frank M. Allen (1914, R. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.)