Lacey, John Fletcher
- Thomas R. Pegram
Lacey, John Fletcher (30 May 1841–29 September 1913), lawyer and congressman, was born in New Martinsville, Virginia, an Ohio River settlement in what later became West Virginia, the son of John Mills Lacey, a brick and stonemason, and Eleanor Patten. In 1853 the family moved to nearby Wheeling, then two years later to Oskaloosa, Iowa. Hard work marked Lacey’s passage to adulthood in Iowa. He labored at his father’s trade and on the family farm, boarded out to study in a succession of small, lonely academies, and spent two winters as an itinerant schoolmaster. Upon hearing of the firing on Fort Sumter, he immediately joined a volunteer company and, on his twentieth birthday, marched off to war....