Portrait: PSA, Governors Album
Born at the summit of the Allegheny Mountains in Cambria County, in 1828, the son of Samuel and Jane (Moore) Lemon, Lemon was referred to as “Uncle John” because of his charity and generosity. He attended common schools and became a coalmine operator, producing from the “Lemon Vein,” as well as a railroad contractor; burgess of Holidaysburg for three years; Auditor General of the Commonwealth, 1880-1884; re-elected to the state Senate, 1888, serving until his death. The Senator contracted a “severe cold” during the Harrisburg State Republican Convention and died seated, September 16, 1895, at home. Married Barbara Walker of Frankstown Township.
Philadelphia Times, September 17, 1895