Woodford County Physicians and Surgeons

taken from: "The Physicians and Surgeons of the United States" by William Biddle Atkinson, March 1878

pg. 28 James S. Whitmire, of Metamora, Ill., was born in Sidney, Shelby co., O., Dec. 13th, 1821. He is the son of John Whitmire and Elizabeth Robinson, his wife. His father was a tanner and currier. He received his preliminary education in a common school, and completed it while working at the shoe-bench. He studied medicine with James B. Kyle, of Macomb, Ill., and graduated first in the med. dept of the Ill. unive., at Jacksonville, in the spring of 1847; received ad undem in the spring of 1850 from the Rush med. coll., Chicago, and also a degree of M.D. from the Jefferson med. coll., in Philadelphia, in 1856. He settled in Metamora in 1846, where he began practice, having worked his way up without capital, by manual labor and by teaching school, from the time he was twenty-one years of age. He has been a member of the Ill. State med. soc. since 1851, and has held the position of its vice-president; is now a member of the North Central med. asso.; was its first president, and is also a member of the Woodford co. med. soc.; of this, too, he has been twice president. His thesis, which he prepared when he received an undem from Rush med. school, was on the use of iodine as an antidote to the venom of rattlesnake. This was subsequently published in the January number of the Northwestern Medical and Surgical Journal. Experiments to establish the correctness of the facts stated therein were afterwards made by Dr. Brainard. Besides the above he has contributed papers to the medical literature of the country. In Oct. 1861, he was commissioned assistant-surgeon to the 6th Illinois Volunteer Calvary, and in May, 1862, was promoted to the position of surgeon of the 56th regiment Illinois volunteer infantry. He resigned his position after the fall of Vicksburg. On July 4th, 1846, he married Sidnah Robinson, of Morgan co., Ill. His ancestors and also those of his wife, were of German origin on the male side and of Sclavonic origin on the mother's.

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