JOHN LEIDY TATEM
South Jersey: A History 1624-1924
JOHN LEIDY TATEM, head of the J. Leidy Tatem Detective Agency in Philadelphia, with branch offices in Camden, and a resident of Laurel Springs, New Jersey, has achieved a steadily growing success in his chosen field of endeavor. He is the son of Joseph H. and Elizabeth (Leidy) Tatem, the father now in the employ of the city of Philadelphia in the office of the recorder of deeds.
The elder Mr. Tatem was born in Philadelphia, but moved with his parents to Haddonfield, New Jersey, at an early age, and received his education in that place, later marrying at Camden a native of Pennsylvania. John Leidy Tatem is a direct descendant of John Tatem of Colonial and post-Revolutionary fame in the annals of New Jersey, after whom he was named.
John Leidy Tatem was born in Philadelphia, January 7, 1889, and received his education in the Philadelphia public schools. Immediately after leaving school he found employment with the Miller & Sharkey Detective Agency, and remained with them from 1903 to 1914, gradually gaining experience and manifesting decided talents as a detective. In 1914 he left to go to California, where he stayed for two years, returning in 1916. Mr. Tatem's abilities and achievements were such that in 1919 he was able to launch out for himself under the name of the J. Leidy Tatem Detective Agency of Philadephia, and so successful was this enterprise that in 1924 he opened a branch office in Camden. In addition to his immediate business interests Mr. Tatem is a director in the Tatem-Phillips Coal Company, which operates in the West Virginia coal fields. Fraternally he is affiliated with Lodge No. 2, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of Philadelphia.
Mr. Tatem married, in Philadelphia, June 11, 1911, Alice Crocker, and they have two children: Alice, born February 21, 1914, and Elizabeth, born February 9, 1917. Since his marriage in 1911 Mr. Tatem has made his home on Chews Landing Road in Laurel Springs.
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