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Below is a family biography included in History of Page County, Iowa published by Iowa Historical Company in 1880.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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LEWELLEN, P. W., physician and surgeon, P. O. Clarinda; born February 3, 1840, in Delaware county, Indiana. The greater portion of his youth was passed on a farm. His preliminary education was received in the common school and in Asbury University, Greencastle, Indiana. He was a teacher for a number of years, showing then as now a wonderful faculty of adapting himself to contingent circumstances. At the age of twenty-two he began the study of medicine with Dr. J. V. Jump, of Muncie, Indiana. From 1863 to 1865 he was a student at the Medical College of Ohio, at Cincinnati, the oldest medical school in the west, dating its organization back to 1819 -celebrated none the less for its celebrated graduates than for its standing. He received his diploma March 2, 1865, and in May following came to Iowa, locating at Clarinda. Dr. Lewellen has enjoyed a large practice since his location here, and as a physician is highly esteemed. He has been an active politician, and his ability and merit in this direction has been recognized by his citizen friends in electing him state senator in the seventeenth and eighteenth general assemblies. He served his constituency here with credit to himself and entire satisfaction to them. He was appointed a member of the state board of health by Governor Gear, an honor, however, which he very reluctantly accepted, as he was instrumental in securing the passage of the bill that created the board, and a member of the committee on medicine, surgery, and hygiene. He was married May 30, 1865, to Miss Alice Weidner, of Delaware county, Indiana, by whom he is the father of two children: May and Harley.

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This family biography is one of 558 biographies included in The History of Page County, Iowa published in 1880.  For the complete description, click here: Page County, Iowa History and Genealogy

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