The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883. page 249, City of Monticello, White County, Indiana.
"JOHN H. WALLACE was born in Kingston, Ross County, Ohio, January 28, 1847, and is the son of WILLIAM B. and MARY (ADAMSON) WALLACE. The family located in Big Creek Township, this county, about 1857 engaged in farming, and there the parents yet reside. MR. WALLACE began for himself at the age of sixteen, and November 23, 1864, he enlisted in Company G, Thirty-fifth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. He took part in the Nashville campaign, in which the battles of Charleston, Pulaski and Nashville were fought. In July, 1865, his regiment left New Orleans for Texas, and September 30, 1865, was discharged at Victoria. MR. WALLACE was paid off at Indianapolis in October, and then returned to White County, where he has ever since resided. In 1870, he began reading law in the office of ELLIS HUGHES, at Monticello; was admitted to the bar in March, 1872, and the suceeding month began practice. In 1874, he was admitted to practice in the State Supreme Court. In 1872, he became Deputy Prosecuting Attorney; in 1876, he was elected on the Republican ticket to the office of Prosecuting Attorney, and in 1878 was re-elected. While holding this office, he was instrumental in sending thirty-four men to the penitentiary, and two women to the penal department of the reformatory at Indianapolis. He was married, September 9, 1874, to MISS SUSIE MILLS, who died November 27, of the same year. December 5, 1877, he married ANNA RIPLEY, who has borne him one daughter - BESSIE. MR. WALLACE is a member of the I. O. O. F., K. of P. and the G. A. R., and takes rank among the most successful criminal lawyers of the State."