John W. Burroughs was one of Tazewell Counties most well known and popular citizens. He was a self-made man. Through industry and hard work, he accumulated a fortune and was one of the prominent land owners and farmers in the county. His greatest hobby was growing and perfecting the breeding of corn, his especial effort was to produce large ears and high yields. Being of prominence, he settled many controversies and arbitration cases. He was always found working for the good of the community and church.