Promoter of the Poland-China swine breed and multiple winner of the Grand Champion barrow at the International Live Stock Exposition.
1843-1913 | Artist: Robert Wadsworth Grafton (1876-1936)
Impact & Accomplishments
The New Lenox, Illinois, farm of John Francis produced many of the finest barrows, taking Grand Champion honors at the International Live Stock Exposition four times.
The swine operation of John Francis & Son contributed much to the elevation of the Poland-China breed. Francis was also a dairyman.
In 1871, he was elected supervisor of New Lenox Township, and he also served as school trustee, school treasurer, and township collector.