CODY, JOHN, a representative and successful farmer of Capital Township, Sangamon County, Ill., is a man of intelligence and industry and conducts his work in a modern, scientific manner. He is a native of the county, born in New Berlin Township, August 17, 1872, son of Thomas and Johanna (Morrisey) Cody, both natives of Ireland, the former born in Limerick. Thomas Cody came to America in boyhood and located in Sangamon County at the age of fourteen years. He settled on a farm in New Berlin Township, where he and his wife still reside. They were parents of seven daughters and three sons, all of whom survive. They are well-known and highly respected in their community and have met with fair success.
John Cody was educated in the public schools of New Berlin and made the most of his opportunities in this line. After leaving school he worked on his father's farm and later worked on his own account in New Berlin Township. He came to his present place in 1907 and rents 300 acres of good farming land.
Mr. Cody was married in New Berlin, January 16, 1910, to Barbara E. Lee, born November 29, 1877, daughter of Morris and Emeline (Campbell) Lee, the former born in Ireland and the latter in Loami Township, Sangamon County. Mr. Lee came to Sangamon County in 1864. He and his wife had fifteen children, of whom eleven (eight daughters and three sons) are still living. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Cody, namely: Thomas J., John M., Robert E., Joseph W., Maurice and Barbara A., all at home.
Mr. Cody is popular among his many acquaintances for his friendly, genial manner, his sterling integrity and his fine conversational powers. He is a man of great enterprise and ability, and has shown good business judgment in the conduct of his affairs. He and his wife are members of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. In politics he votes for the men and measures he thinks are for the best interests of all the people, and takes an active interest in public affairs and issues.