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Transcribed biography of James H. Newland

JAMES H. NEWLAND, M. D., was born in Lawrence County, Ind., December 9, 1820. His father, John Newland, was a Virginian, and of Scotch-Irish descent. When a young man, he went to Burke County, N. C. where he married Miss Agnes Allen, a native of North Carolina, and of English descent. They resided in North Carolina until 1818, when to leave slavery behind, they came to Indiana, locating in Jackson County for a short time, removing to Lawrence County, where they ever afterward made their home. Mr. Newland was a farmer, and a very active politician in the souther part of the State, where he was quite widely known, and held several local positions of honor and trust. He and wife were members of long standing in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and their deaths occurred respectively in 1838 and 1868. Dr. Newland made his home with his parents until his seventeenth year, then engaged in school teaching, which he continued for five years. He began the study of medicine in 1842, in Salem, Ind., having access to the library of his uncle, Dr. Elija Newland. In 1852-53, he attended Rush Medical College at Chicago, of which he is a graduate. He began practicing in Thorntown, Boone County, where he also engaged in the drug trade. He was there burned out, and left completely in debt. He started anew, and for a time practiced medicine in Pleasant Hill, Montgomery Co., Inc., moving to Valparaiso in 1859. Here he was a wide and selected practice. He was married in 1844 to Eliza Davis, who bore him nine children, of whom only one, William H., is yet living. This lady died in 1871, and 1872 Dr. Newland married his present wife, Mary Ellen Reves. Dr. N. is a Republican, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Source: Goodspeed, Weston A., and Charles Blanchard. 1882. Counties of Porter and Lake, Indiana: Historical and Biographical, Illustrated. Chicago, Illinois: F. A. Battey & Company. 771 p.
Page(s) in Source: 263

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