THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


   WILLIAM H. DOUGLAS, M.D., a native and resident of Hamilton, belonging to one of the oldest families of the county, is widely and favorably known, and is quietly making a name and a position for himself among the leading members of his calling as a physician of sound learning, a clear head, and practical ability in the pursuit of his profession. He was born May 27, 1851, and is a son of John Douglas; and the farm now occupied by our subject was the birthplace of both. His great-grandfather came here when the country was an unsettled wilderness, and his last days were passed in Hamilton.
   The grandfather of our subject, Elijah Douglas, was twenty-one when he left his early home with his brother and father, and sought a dwelling in the forests of this county. He selected a tract of one hundred and twenty acres of land in Hamilton, and at once entered upon the pioneer task of clearing away the timber and developing a farm. He first erected a log house, which he afterward replaced by a more commodious frame building, and was very comfortably situated at the time of his death, which took place on the old homestead, where he had lived and labored so long and successfully.
   John Douglas was reared under pioneer conditions, and in his boyhood attended a primitive district school. From his father he acquired a thorough knowledge of farming, and made it his life-work. He always lived upon the home farm, of which he became sole possessor by buying his only sister's share. He made many valuable improvements upon it, and left it at the time of his death one of the choicest and best cared for farms in this vicinity. He died lamented, as he was a man whose habits and character were such as to win him the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. The mother of our subject bore the maiden name of Abigail Ellis, and she was a daughter of Elezia and Tamer Ellis. The following are the eight children whom she reared to lives of usefulness: Sarah, the eldest, who died at the age of forty-four; Elijah; Mary; Marinda; Fanny, who died at the age of nineteen; Charles; Ellen, deceased; and William H., of whom we write.
   The subject of this sketch passed his youth happily amid the pleasant scenes of the home where he was born, and led a healthy, invigorating life on the old farm, becoming familiar with agriculture in its various branches, and after attaining manhood, performing his share of the labors in managing the place. He was fond of books, and did not neglect his opportunities for obtaining a good education. He was thirty-two years of age when his father died, and four years later he left the old home to fit himself for a physician. He became a student at the celebrated Bellevue Hospital College, in New York City, in the Fall of 1889, and was graduated from that institution with high honors in the class of 1892.
   Returning to his old home on the farm in Hamilton after he left college, the Doctor entered upon a successful practice, many of his patrons being the people among whom he had grown up, and who were not slow in recognizing his merits as a physician well trained in his profession. He is a man of high moral character, and is earnestly interested in whatever will promote the social and religious welfare of his native town. He is a member of the Second Baptist Church of Hamilton, and his name is associated with its every good work. Politically, he voted with the Democrats for several-years, but, believing in temperance legislation. is now numbered with the Prohibitionists.

 

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