John Stephen Pearson (born May 11, 1874 in Harnett County, North Carolina; ) was the business manager for The Progressive Farmer, and moved its publication from Raleigh, North Carolina to Birmingham in 1911.
Pearson was the son of William and Matilda Jane Lanier Pearson. He was educated at Buie's Creek Academy in North Carolina and began his career as a bookkeeper at a general store in the town of Dunn. After a year at the Bryant & Stratton Business College in Baltimore, Maryland he returned to Buie's Creek as an instructor. In 1900 he moved to Raleigh as advertising and subscription manager of The Biblical Recorder, newspaper of the North Carolina Baptist Association, for Edwards & Broughton publishers. He joined The Progressive Farmer in 1908 as secretary-treasurer and business manager and moved its offices to Birmingham soon later, opening an office at 1702 4th Avenue North.
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