Jasper Marion Dresser Sr
||Jasper Marion Dresser Sr, Lieut. Col. Birth 17 MAY 1838 Octchfield, Litchfield, Hillsdale, Michigan
Death 25 FEB 1894 St Augustine, St Johns, Florida Parents son of Parker W DRESSER Sr
Lydia CRONKHITE Burial: Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette
Tippecanoe County Indiana|
He was a Private in the National Rifles of Washington DC the first Company mustered in
after Lincoln's call for troops in Dressers of 1861 was Capt Battery and Major and Lieut Col
of 86th Ind Vols in the Civil War nd lived in Lafayette Ind Tippecanoe Co Represented as
Senator in the Indiana Legislature of 1887 89 - Dresser Genealogy: 1638-1913
By Mary (Beckner) Dresser pg.
JASPER M. DRESSER, State Senator, and a prominent and influential citizen of LaFayette, was
born in Litchfield, Hillsdale County, Michigan, the date of his birth being May 17, 1838.
He is the son of PARKER and LYDIA (CRONKHITE) DRESSER, his father being born and reared i
n Connecticut, and his mother a native of the State of New York. They were married near
Watertown, New York, and in 1836 settled in Michigan, where they lived until their death.
JASPER M. DRESSER was reared in his native State, receiving his education in Hillsdale College.
He came to LaFayette, Indiana, in March, 1858, and until the following November he clerked in
a dry goods establishment. He then began the study of law with Chase & Wilstach, and in 1859
was admitted to the bar to practice in the Circuit and Common Pleas courts. He remained with
this firm two years, and in 1860 went to Illinois, and began dealing in grain at Buckley, Iroquois
County, where he remained until February, 1861. He then went to Washington D.C., and March
7 was appointed to a clerkship in the general land office. April 15 he was mustered into the
United States service with a militia company of which he was a member, this company being
the first company mustered in after the President's call for 75,000 men. Mr. DRESSER was in
the three month's service and took part in the battle of Bull Run, where he was wounded.
He remained in Washington until August 14, 1861, when he was appointed Chief of Artillery on
the staff of GENERAL JOHN A. McCLERNAND. He organized the artillery of McCLERNAND's brigade,
and was made Captain of DRESSER's battery, serving with the battery until April, 1862, participating
in the engagements at Belmont and Forts Henry and Donelson, and through the Shiloh campaigns.
He was promoted in infantry service April 1, 1862, and resigned to accept the position of Lieutenant
Colonel in a Michigan regiment.
After the battle of Shiloh he came back to Indiana, and was in the thirty day's service witht he
Seventy-sixth Indiana under CAPTAIN ORTH. He was appointed Major of the Eighty-sixth Indiana
Infantry, in September, 1862, and went with his regiment to Covington, Kentucky, thence to
Louisville, and was in the campaign through Kentucky in pursuit of GENERAL BRAGG, and
participated in the battles of Perryville, LaVergne and Stone River, being wounded at the latter
battle. He was then under the care of a surgeon until June, 1863, when he resigned, and returned
to LaFayette, Indiana, and commenced the practice of law with JOHN D. GOUGAR, practicing under
the firm name of DRESSER & GOUGAR almost three years.
After the dissolution of the partnership with Mr. GOUGAR, he was appointed general agent of the
Merchant's Insurance Company of Hartford, for the Western States. This company was one of the
unfortunates in the great Chicago fire of October, 1871, and after closing up its losses he was
appointed to the general agency for the Western States of the National Fire Insurance Company of
Hartford, and managed its business for about eleven years. In 1880 he was elected and served for
one year as President of the Underwriters Association of the Northwest, and though not now in the
insurance business, is continued on its rolls as an honorary member of the association. He then practiced
alone until February, 1887, when WILLIAM C. MITCHELL became associated with him.
In March, 1881, he bought the abstract business of CHARLES FORD.
Mr. DRESSER was elected Indiana State Senator from Tippecanoe County in Novmeber, 1886, and
served on the committees on Elections, Education, Benevolent Institutions, Congressional Apportionment
and Executive Appointments.
He was married at LaFayette, Indiana, January 28, 1863, to MARY BECKNER, who still abides with him.
They have three children living--EMMA C., JASPER M., and DEAN H., and two have gone before. ALTA M.,
their eldest child, died June 29, 1882, at the age of eighteen, and MARY died at birth.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Tippecanoe County, Indiana, pp. 366-369 The Lewis Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1888
married 28 Jan 1863 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
15 AUG 1845 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana Death 9 DEC 1928 St Petersburg, Pinellas,
Florida daughter of Parents Samuel Harshbarger BECKNER & Rebecca JOHNSON burial:
December 12, 1928 Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette Tippecanoe County Indiana
Mary DRESSER Birth 1863 Indiana Death 1863 Indiana
Alta Maman DRESSER Birth 2 FEB 1864 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
Death 28 JUN 1882 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana Buried July 15, 1882
Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette Tippecanoe County Indiana
Emma Caroline DRESSER Birth 23 DEC 1865 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
Death 26 NOV 1932 Chicago, Cook, Illinois Burial: Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette
Tippecanoe County Indiana
Dean H Dresser Birth: 6 Jan 1872 - Tippecanoe county IndianaDeath: 5 May 1958 -
Hot Springs, Garland, Arkansas Burial: Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette Tippecanoe County
Indianamarried 16 Mar 1912 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois Lilian M Spring Birth: 1874
Death: Oct. 18, 1936 Macon, Missouri. Burial: Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette
Tippecanoe County Indiana
Jasper Marion DRESSER Jr Birth 26 NOV 1869 Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana
Death 1928 Culver, Marshall, Indiana Burial: Spring Vale Cemetery Lafayette
Tippecanoe County Indiana