John D. Young
From the 1889 Goodspeed History
          John D. Young, prosecuting attorney of Texas County, was born near Houston, Texas Co., Mo., January 7, 1854, his parents being William M. and Sarah J. (Fourt) Young, both natives of Missouri, he of Boone County and she of either Pulaski or Crawford County. The father died January 4, 1884, at the age of fifty-three years, but the mother is still living, and is residing on the old homestead. He was a farmer by occupation, and also was engaged in the milling business. During the late war he served six months in the State Militia, but previous to this, in 1848, he went to California, and worked in the mines until 1851, when he returned to Texas County, Mo. There were born to this marriage nine children, six now living: John D., Margaret C., wife of Jonathan Jones, a farmer of Texas County; Lynch J., Sarah, wife of John Hambleton, farmer of Texas County; Cordelia, Cora A., also married, and Charles R., now attending school at Mountain Grove. John D. Young received his education in the home schools and at Salem Academy, where he taught school four years. In 1879 he was elected collector of Texas County, and served two years. In the fall of 1881 he attended law school at Columbia, and graduated from the same in April, 1884. One year later he commenced the practice of law, and in November, 1888, he was elected prosecuting attorney of Texas County. July 28, 1887, he married Miss Cordelia A. Lynch, who was born in 1867, and who is the daughter of John T. Lynch. She is a member of the Christian Church, and he is a Republican in politics.


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