Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904,

pp 753-754 [Caldwell]

JOHN D. TEMPLEMAN, who is engaged in dealing in coal, feed and

grain at Princeton and is also interested in a number of other

enterprises which benefit the city as well as advance individual

success, was born here on the 26th of October, 1873, his parents

being Matthew William and Nellie (Dudley) Templeman. His father was

born in Russellville, Todd county, Kentucky, in the year 1851, and

was a son of John and Margaret (Currence) Templeman, both of whom

were of Virginia birth. The mother of Mr. Templeman was born in

Princeton and is a daughter of Milton and Eliza (Harpending) Dudley,

member of old families of Caldwell county. For many years Matthew

W. Templeman was engaged in merchandising in Princeton, and was

recognized as one of the most enterprising, progressive business men

of the city. Having lost his eyesight he was retired. Both he and

his wife have a very wide acquaintance in the city and in Caldwell

county, and enjoy in large measure the regard and esteem of those

with whom they have been brought in contact. They had but two

children: John D. and James M.

Under the parental roof John D. Templeman was reared, and in

the public schools of Princeton he acquired his preliminary

education, which was supplemented by study in Lexington, Kentucky.

Thus he was well fitted by broad literary and intellectual training

for the practical and responsible duties of a business career.

Returning to his home he has since been identified with business

interests in Princeton, and since 1898 has engaged in the conduct of

a coal, feed and grain store. A man of good business ability and

marked enterprise, he has also extended his efforts into other

fields of labor, and, becoming interested in the telephone business,

he has since 1902 acted as local manager for the East Tennessee

Telephone Company. He is likewise connected with the transfer

business in Princeton and is establishing a water works system in

the town, building up the latter enterprise from a limited capital.

It will readily be seen that his efforts have been directed along

lines that have proved of great benefit to the city, and not only

through business affairs but in other ways has Mr. Templeman aided

in promoting the welfare, progress and substantial improvement of

his native town.

In 1902 Mr. Templeman was united in marriage to Miss Mary

Darby, a daughter of the Rev. Dr. W. J. Darby, of Evansville,

Indiana. Their attractive home is celebrated for its gracious and

pleasing hospitality, which is enjoyed by their many friends. In

his political affiliations Mr. Templeman is a Democrat, while

fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias lodge, and

in religious faith is connected with the Cumberland Presbyterian

church. A young man, he has already been able to attain enviable

success, which will undoubtedly be increased as the years pass by,

for he possesses marked enterprise, laudable ambition and strong


Templeman Dudley Currence Harpending Darby