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Templeman, John D.

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Templeman, John D.
March 13, 2007 03:43PM
Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904,
pp 753-754 [Caldwell]

JOHN D. TEMPLEMAN, who is engaged in dealing in coal, feed and
grain at Princeton and is also interested in a number of other
enterprises which benefit the city as well as advance individual
success, was born here on the 26th of October, 1873, his parents
being Matthew William and Nellie (Dudley) Templeman. His father was
born in Russellville, Todd county, Kentucky, in the year 1851, and
was a son of John and Margaret (Currence) Templeman, both of whom
were of Virginia birth. The mother of Mr. Templeman was born in
Princeton and is a daughter of Milton and Eliza (Harpending) Dudley,
member of old families of Caldwell county. For many years Matthew
W. Templeman was engaged in merchandising in Princeton, and was
recognized as one of the most enterprising, progressive business men
of the city. Having lost his eyesight he was retired. Both he and
his wife have a very wide acquaintance in the city and in Caldwell
county, and enjoy in large measure the regard and esteem of those
with whom they have been brought in contact. They had but two
children: John D. and James M.
Under the parental roof John D. Templeman was reared, and in
the public schools of Princeton he acquired his preliminary
education, which was supplemented by study in Lexington, Kentucky.
Thus he was well fitted by broad literary and intellectual training
for the practical and responsible duties of a business career.
Returning to his home he has since been identified with business
interests in Princeton, and since 1898 has engaged in the conduct of
a coal, feed and grain store. A man of good business ability and
marked enterprise, he has also extended his efforts into other
fields of labor, and, becoming interested in the telephone business,
he has since 1902 acted as local manager for the East Tennessee
Telephone Company. He is likewise connected with the transfer
business in Princeton and is establishing a water works system in
the town, building up the latter enterprise from a limited capital.
It will readily be seen that his efforts have been directed along
lines that have proved of great benefit to the city, and not only
through business affairs but in other ways has Mr. Templeman aided
in promoting the welfare, progress and substantial improvement of
his native town.
In 1902 Mr. Templeman was united in marriage to Miss Mary
Darby, a daughter of the Rev. Dr. W. J. Darby, of Evansville,
Indiana. Their attractive home is celebrated for its gracious and
pleasing hospitality, which is enjoyed by their many friends. In
his political affiliations Mr. Templeman is a Democrat, while
fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias lodge, and
in religious faith is connected with the Cumberland Presbyterian
church. A young man, he has already been able to attain enviable
success, which will undoubtedly be increased as the years pass by,
for he possesses marked enterprise, laudable ambition and strong
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