John R. London (1833 – 1904) The London family members were highly influential long-term Rock Hillians who were also tied into the Frew family. John R. London is best known as a distinguished Confederate War veteran and later the owner of the London
Printery in Rock Hill, S.C. His influence was felt in every corner of Rock Hill’s turn of the century society. The London Printery turned out stationery, postcards, and all types of materials for their large clientele. London family member, Johnny London, continued the family tradition of service to Rock Hill. He was a cashier at People’s National Bank and a highly influential member of Rock Hill’s thriving financial services businesses.
John Rutherford London was a Major in the Civil War. He moved to Rock Hill shortly after the war and became a brilliant merchant. He studied the “Blackjacks” area south of Rock Hill in York and Chester Counties. This soil was considered a wasteland. He determined that the addition of potash to the soil would allow it to be used for agriculture. Even today, the Blackjacks is one of the best agricultural areas of the county. Mr. London sold thousands of carloads of potash to landowners. He was Mayor of Rock Hill for three terms, and he invested in several textile mills and was a successful banker. He and his wife were leaders in organizing the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour.
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