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John Pierce of South Britain (town of Southbury) was born in that place, May 31, 1839, and received his education in the Western Reserve College of Ohio. 

He is one of the most noted farmers and breeders in the state, owning a tract of 1,000 acres, a large part of which he keeps under cultivation. He is perhaps better known by his efforts to improve the breed of coach and draft horses in this country, having followed the business of importing and breeding French coach and Percheron horses, in which he is assisted by his son, the firm being John Pierce & Son. He has been town treasurer of the town of Southbury for eight years, and in 1878 and 1880 represented that town in the legislature. He has always been an earnest republican, and active in the affairs of his party in that section of the state. In religious faith and membership he is a Congregationalist. His wife was Caroline E. Garlick, and they have five children living. 

At present he holds no public office, but he is esteemed by the citizens of his immediate neighborhood for his business qualifications and honorable dealing, and as a man of public spirit.

Source:  Builders of Our Nation, Men of 1914 pub. Men of Nineteen-Fourteen, Chicago, Ill. 1915.

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