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WATSON, William

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WATSON, William. (Yorkshire, England, May 14, 1826--Nov. 21, 1910). Watson and his parents emigrated to the United States in 1827 and he grew up in New York State. He left home to live in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Watson entered Rush Medical School in Chicago and then opened a practice in McGregor, Iowa in 1852. He graduated from medical school in 1854.

Upon graduation, Watson established his medical practice. During the CIVIL WAR he attended troops at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and Vicksburg and eventually posted to Rock Island, Illinois. There he was a surgeon with responsibility for 1,500 Confederate prisoners and 425 cases of SMALLPOX. He remained there the rest of the war.

Returning to Dubuque, Watson reopened his practice. He served as president of the Iowa State Medical Society in 1868.



Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company, 1894, p. 124