Andrew P. Letherman, BiographyPorter County biographical sketches . . . .

Transcribed biography of Andrew P. Letherman

ANDREW P. LETHERMAN, M. D. - Years of service in his profession have given Doctor Letherman a special place in the affection of his fellow citizens of Porter County. Conversant with the life of this community for many years and active in his profession since before good roads and automobiles were introduced; he has become an accepted source for authoritative information on the early history of Porter County. He like wise is revered in the circles of medicine. He was born in Kossuth, Iowa, on November 4, 1850, the son of J. H. and Jane Mary (Peirce) Letherman, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. J. H. Letherman was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, and was a classmate of James G. Blaine. He studied medicine at Jefferson College of Pennsylvania, and established his practice at Kossuth, Iowa, and in 1853 removed to Valparaiso, where he passed away in 1886 at the age of sixty-seven.

Dr. A. P. Letherman came to Valparaiso in 1853 with his parents, and subsequently graduated from Valparaiso Collegiate Institute, which was conducted by the Presbyterian denomination. His first medical studies were at Keokuk, Iowa, and he completed his training at the Louisville Medical College, which is now a part of the University of Louisville, taking his degree in 1871. He then entered practice in association with his father, and continued in this until the death of the parent. Doctor Letherman was one of ten children born to his parents, he being the second in order of birth; the others are: Joseph, William C., Rebecca, Elizabeth, Lawrence, Caroline M., Alice and John (twins), and Jennie B.

Doctor Letherman is past president of the Porter County Medical Association, and also served as secretary of that body for several terms. He was honored with the election as coroner of this county, and served for eight years; he was also a member of the City Council of Valparaiso. For a number of years he has served on the pension board, receiving that appointment from President Harrison. During the years of his service in this community, Doctor Leatherman has endeared himself to the people of this region not only through his kindly ministration but also through his many interests in the civic affairs of Valparaiso and in the general advancement of its citizens.

Source: Cannon, Thomas H., H. H. Loring, and Charles J. Robb. 1927. History of the Lake and Calumet Region of Indiana Embracing the Counties of Lake, Porter and Laporte. Volume II. Indianapolis, Indiana: Historians' Association. 827 p.
Page(s) in Source: 240-241

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