Lon S. Austin was born on a farm three miles west of Scotts Hill, on September 15, 1885. He received his boyhood education at Stone Schoolhouse. Later he graduated from the Scotts Hill Normal and also under Prof. C. Perry Patterson. He began teaching at the age of 18 and followed this profession for 8 years, the last year being spent in LaFayette County, MS. In 1912, he moved to Lexington and entered the cotton business to which business he still devotes most of his time. He has represented teh Tennessee Cotton Oil Mills of Jackson for 22 consecutive years. In the summer of 1934 he entered the field of politics and made the race for the office of ?? Representative, and was nominated by an overwhelming majority. He was elected in the general election without opposition. These facts attest to Mr. Austin's popularity in the county. He is a friend to education and he goes to the Legislature with his hands free to vote according to the dictates of his own conscience, and not by any political clique. His good wife and three lovely daughters are also respected very highly by the citizenship of the town of Lexington.
Henderson County Schools Personnel of County Board of Education December 1934

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