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Ramsay - J.W.

Source: Montgomery County, Indiana H.W. Beckwith History (Chicago: HH Hill, 1881) p 221
J.W. Ramsay, Mayor of Crawfordsville, was born June 2, 1839 in Montgomery Co, Indiana. His father, Robert M. Ramsay was born, in Ky, 1804 became a brick mason and afterward a merchant at Parkersburg, then Russellville, and is now pork packer. He came to Indiana in an early day and settled near Portland Mills, Putnam County, and afterward settled in Montgomery Co, his residence now being Crawfordsville. The mother of the subject of this sketch, Mavina S. (Harris) Ramsay, was b. in Tenn. Her grandfather was a captain in the revolutionary war. The Ramsays are of Scotch descent. JW Ramsay was schooled at Waveland Academy, then Wabash College, and afterward studied law with Hon. Henry S. Lane and Col. Wilson for two years, from 1859 to 1861. April 14, 1861, on the Sunday evening after the American flag was insulted at Ft. Sumter, he enlisted in the 11th Ind, Wallace's Zouaves, served 3 months, was then made adjutant in the 51st Ind; in which position he served two years, and was then detailed as assistant adjutant general to Gen. Harker's staff, in which capacity he served to the end of the war. His Union principles were tried and proven in the battles of Romney, Kelley's Island, Ft. Donelson, Shiloh, siege of Corinth, Franklin, Hall's Gap and others. At Shiloh he was severely wounded, and still suffers from its effects. At Appomattox Ct. House he was discharged, at the close of the war, and returned to his home at Crawfordsville. Soon after returning he was elected j.p. for which office his knowledge of law well fitted him. He was continued as such till 1876, when he was elected may of Crawfordsville, and reelected in 1878. When he assumed the responsibilities of his office he found the city with a debt of over $20,000. Under his official supervision this debt has been entirely liquidated, new streets opened and other improvements made and the city is more prosperous than ever before. He is now negotiating with different parties for a system of waterworks. He has always been active in the republican ranks, a prominent citizen, and has made his own mark in life. He is a member of the knights of Pythias Society, and a Good Templar. In the latter lodge he was grand worthy sec. for two terms, and represented the state of Indiana in the Right worthy Grand Lodge at Michigan in 1879. On Oct 7, 1872, Mr. Ramsay was married to Miss Alice RICE, daughter of Mrs. Mary Rice of Crawfordsville. – typed by kbz
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