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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 529 - 530.

A. B. LONG

     “A. B. LONG, retired merchant, Leon, was born in North Carolina, June 17, 1823, son of Jesse and Levicy Long, natives of the same State. The father died in Indiana and the mother in Iowa. They had five children – Jane, Solomon, Hiram, Mary and A. B. The latter was reared on a farm, but has since followed the mercantile business very successfully most of his life. After he was seventeen years of age he worked out by day’s work for ten years, and then engaged in a general stock of merchandise for two years. He then removed to Monroe County, Iowa, and five years later to Wapello County, where he lived eleven years, and in 1862 came to Decatur County, his business career lasting over thirty years. Although Mr. Long started in life seven dollars worse off than nothing, he is now one of the richest men in Decatur County. He owns 640 acres of fine farming land in a good state of cultivation. He was married in Ottumwa, March 21, 1850, to Mary Cuppy, a native of Illinois, where she was born in 1832. They have six children – John W., D. Frank, Horry L., Orison S., Albert C., and Granville A. Mr. Long is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, and in politics a Greenbacker. He is classed among our highly-esteemed citizens.”

Submitted to the Ringgold County GenWeb site by Christy Jay, email: Jaygenie@aol.com

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