John Wesley Luke
J. W. Luke the junior member of the law firm of Harriman & Luke, was born in Albany County, New York,
in 1840. His parents were Garrett and Maria (Hotelling) Luke, both natives of Albany County.
In 1849 the family removed to Cayuga county, New York, where they lived for five years. In 1854 they
removed to Illinois, locating for the first four years in Boone county, and at the expiration of that
time went to Jo Daviess county. In April, 1861, Mr. Luke enlisted in company E, 15th Illinois Infantry,
and on the organization of the company he was elected second lieutenant. He commanded the company
during almost the entire time until the summer of 1865, when the company disbanded and Mr. Luke was
discharged from service as a captain. During the war Mr. Luke participated in the battles of Fort Donelson,
Shiloh, Vicksburg, Atlanta and all of the engagements of the Army of the Tennessee, to which his
company was attached. At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the right thigh and in the left leg
below the knee, being disabled for over two months. On the first day of that memorable battle, there
were seventy men in his company, and out of that number there were forty that were killed or wounded.
After his discharge Mr. Luke returned to Jo Daviess Co., Illinois, and was elected sheriff of the county,
which office he held for two years. In the meantime he had been applying himself to the study of law,
and as soon as his term of office expired was admitted to the bar, commencing practice at once. Shortly
after being admitted to the bar Mr. Luke was elected prosecuting attorney of his county, holding the
office four years. After this he engaged in the practice of his chosen profession at Galena, Illinois,
until the spring of 1882, when he came to Hampton, Iowa. He at once opened a law office, engaging in practice
alone until fall, when he entered into partnership with W. F. Harriman, under the firm name of
Harriman & Luke. Mr. Luke was married in September, 1866, to Sarah A. Yerrington a native of Michigan.
Source: History of Franklin and Cerro Gordo Counties, Iowa 1883 Page 186-187.
Chapter VII The Bar Of Franklin County, Union Publishing Company,
Springfield, Ill. 1883 for personal use only.
Annual Report - Iowa State Commerce Commission
Civil War Documents of John Wesley Luke
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