Solano County

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John R. Thornton, familiarly and lovingly known to his friends as "Jack" Thornton, is serving as supervisor of Solano county and is a veteran of the World war with a record of conspicuous service overseas. He was born in the city of San Francisco, a son of George Thornton, and was reared in Vallejo, from the high school of which city he was graduated in 1908. When this country entered the World war in the spring of 1917 Mr. Thornton enlisted and was assigned to Company G of the Three Hundred and Sixty-third Regiment of Infantry, a part of the Ninety-first Division, and with that command saw much active service in France. He was first sergeant of his company. In the Meuse-Argonne drive he brought in eighteen German prisoners and was cited for bravery for this act of conspicuous valor in battle. Unhappily, in that campaign he received wounds which have left him with a permanent disability.

In 1919 Mr. Thornton was appointed by the governor to fill a vacancy on the board of supervisors of Solano county and in the ensuing election was chosen to continue on that board. In the succeeding campaign he was reelected and is thus now serving his third term. Besides this civic service he has other interests and is the manager of the Industrial Finance Company of Vallejo. He takes an active and helpful part in the general commercial and industrial affairs of the community and is a member of the board of directors of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the American Legion and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; is a Mason of high degree and a noble of the Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, affiliated with Ben Ali temple; is a past sachem (1914) of Samoset tribe of the Improved Order of Red Men, and is a past exalted ruler (1917) of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Despite the physical handicap laid upon him by the war, Mr. Thornton is untiring in his devotion to the interests of his home town and county, and there is no one who gives more wholeheartedly of personal service in that behalf than he.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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