HON. DAVID M. COPPOCK, one of Miami County's most prominent citizens, mayor of Pleasant Hill, president of the Pleasant Hill Banking Company, president of the Miami County Mutual Insurance Company, and identified with many of the movements which have resulted in advancing the various interests of this section, was born December 29, 1841 in Union Township, Miami County, Ohio. His parents were Benjamin and Esther (Miles) Coppock.

    Benjamin Coppock was a native of Miami County, where his life was spent in agricultural pursuits. He married Esther Miles, a daughter of William and Mary (Pearson) Miles, and they had three children: David M., Almeda and Elwood.

    David M. Coppock obtained his education in the Union Township schools, but his success in life has not been dependent upon the knowledge there gained, a natural inheritance of foresight, ability and good judgment doing much more. He remained with his parents through early manhood, including one year after his marriage, and then moved to the vicinity of Pleasant Hill where he lived until 1905, when he came to Pleasant Hill, purchasing here a residence. He still retains his valuable farm of 150 acres, which is situated in Newton Township.

    Mr. Coppock was married (first) March 21,1860, to Miss Jane Jay, who died January 17, 1879. She was a daughter of Joseph F. and Mary Jay. The following children were born to that marriage: Anabel,. Florace, Lambert, Almeda, Furnas J., Lura, Bertha, Fred and Charles B. In August 1880, Mayor Coppock was married (second) to Miss Rachel Overman, a daughter of Silas and Hannah Overman, of Marion, Indiana, and they have four children: Clarence, Herbert, Chester J. and Esther J.

    Politically a Republican, Mayor Coppock has frequently been chosen by that organization in the township as standard bearer, and prior to coming to Pleasant Hill served in local offices. As mayor of the town he has been a fearless official, and has brought about excellent local conditions. He still retains his membership in the Grange, and is also a Mason. For many years he has been a leading member of the Christian Church.

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