Biography - LYMAN W. LOW

Lyman W. Low, M. D., is one of the leading physicians not only of Edwards county, but of southern Illinois; he was born in Shoreham, Addison county, Vermont, October 4, 1822. His father, Henry S. Low, was a farmer, belonging to that class of intelligent, energetic husbandmen for which New England is noted. His mother, whose maiden name was Rachel Baldwin, was a native of New Jersey. Lyman W. was the last son in a family of seven children, five sons and two daughters; he obtained a good common school education, then entered the Academy in his native village, where the foundations of future usefulness were laid broad and deep, and where, too, his desire for scholarly attainments constantly increased until he determined upon a University course. To this end he entered the Connecticut Literary Institute at Suffield. During his two years' attendance here, the study of medicine was commenced; a love of it led him to continue its pursuit, which he did under direction of an older brother, Dr. S. B. Low, an Allopathic physician in Suffield. In 1848 he went to Ohio, when he engaged in teaching that stepping-stone to other professional life, and in which he continued two years. Here he married Fannie E. Bryant, May 1st, 1851. One son, now a druggist in Albion, was born to them. His wife died April 2d, 1858. Immediately after his first marriage he went to Clayton, Iowa, where he engaged actively in the practice of medicine. From there he went to Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin. In 1854 he attended lectures in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduating from the American Medical College in 1855. On January 1st, 1856, he located in Albion, where he has since successfully practiced his profession. He was married to his present wife, Mary A. Smith, July 27th, 1859. By her he has two sons - Smith D., a physician, and Lyman P., a student of law. The doctor is a pronounced Republican. For many years he was Medical Examiner for pensioners.

Extracted 12 Aug 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 A Combined History of Edwards, Lawrence, and Wabash Counties, Illinois, page 219.

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