Centennial History of Mason County
By Joseph Cochrane
Springfield, Ill., 1876


Page 143-144

Mr. Banner was born in Warren County, Ohio, in 1823, and removed to Mason County in 1857, and settled on a farm in Allen’s Grove Township, where he resided until he removed in 1866 to Mason City. Was made post-master at that city in February, 1874.

Mr. Banner was married in 1846; has three children living and five deceased. Mr. Banner has ever been an active politician, firm and candid in his views, and a republican “after the straitest of the sect.” He was a candidate for the State Senate in 1872, but was defeated by our present Lieut. Governor; made a canvass for congress before the convention last year.

We have advocated for some years the repeal of all laws requiring official bonds to be given by men elected to office, either local, state or national, and have always referred to Mr. Baner as one of the men of our acquaintance for whom we would vote for any position as freely without an official bond as with it, and we have never found a man to dissent from our opinion on that subject.

Pleasant and gentlemanly, with all with whom he has to do, active and efficient in his duties, as an officer and as a citizen he has many friends.


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