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Lyman J. Adair, M.D.
Born 28 November 1840

L. J. ADAIR, physician and surgeon, Anamosa; is a native of Akron, Summit Co., Ohio, and was born November 28, 1840; he grew up and received his education there and commenced reading medicine; when the war broke out, he enlisted in the three month's service, in Co. K., 19th Ohio V.I.; after his time expired, he reenlisted in Co. 13, 104th Ohio V.I.; he served as Orderly Sergeant for eighteen months, and, for six months, was in command of the company; among the battles he was in, were battles of Nashville, Franklin, through the Atlanta campaign, and many others, some twenty-four battles in all being on their battle-flag; he was wounded at Pine Mountain and at Etowah River; their brigade received the arms of Gen. Johnston when he surrendered; he was mustered out June 28, 1865; after his return from the service, he resumed the study of medicine, and graduated at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1868; he came to Iowa and located at Anamosa in 1870, and, since then, he has practiced his profession here. Dr. Adair was united in marriage to Miss Sarah J. Porter, from Hartford, Conn., October 19, 1871; they have had three sons, two of whom were taken away by scarlet fever; Fred is their only son.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1879, page 549.

This honored member of the medical profession, whose office has been established in Anamosa for many years is a native of New York and was born in Monroe County, November 28, 1840. When quite young he was taken to Summit County, Ohio by his parents, Alfred and Martha (Chamberlain) Adair. There the father engaged in business for many years, but during later life engaged in farming and became the owner of a farm in Summit County. The paternal grandfather of our subject bore the name Andrew Adair and was of Scotch-Irish ancestry.
The subject of this sketch passed the years of youth in Summit County, and until reaching his nineteenth year, attended the schools of the neighborhood. He then entered Hiram College, where he was a student at the outbreak of the war. During the early months of the rebellion, he offered his services and was mustered into Company K, Nineteenth, Ohio Infantry, Commanded by Col. Samuel Beatty. After his term of three months had expired, he again enlisted, this time as a member of Company H. One Hundred and Fourth Ohio Infantry, in which he served as Orderly Sergeant for eighteen months, and was often in command of his company. He participated in the battles of Nashville and Franklin and experienced all of the hardships of the Atlanta campaign. In twenty-four engagements he took part, some of which were among the most important battles of the war. At Columbia, Tenn. He was slightly wounded in the face. With his company he witnessed the surrender of General Johnston, and at the close of hostilities was mustered out June 28, 1865.
Returning to Summit County, Ohio, our subject taught school at Copley. In 1867, a favorable opportunity being presented for the study of medicine, he entered the office of Dr. Morse, with whom he remained for three years, and at the expiration of that time moved to Manchester, Iowa. A short time thereafter he entered Rush Medical College of Chicago, from which he was graduated in 1868 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Immediately after receiving his diploma he returned to Manchester, where he continued in practice until 1870, the date of his advent into Anamosa. Not only is his professional reputation in this city one of the best, but by reason of the faithful discharge of his duties as a citizen he is looked upon with great respect by his professional Associated and fellow-citizens in general.
October 19, 1871, Dr. Adair married Miss Sarah J. daughter of Giles M. Porter. Mrs. Adair was born in Hartford, Conn., and is an estimable and cultured lady. The Doctor is physician at the Anamosa Penitentiary, which position he has held for seventeen years. He is Local surgeon for the Chicago & Northwestern and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroads, and is identified with the National Association of Railroad Surgeons. Socially he is connected with the Iowa State Medical Society and American Association. He belongs to Anamosa Lodge No. 56, F.&A.M., and is past commander of Fred Steel Post No. 4. G.A.R. Politically he is and uncompromising Republican, always taking great interest in political matters.

Source: Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Co., Chicago, 1894, page 323
Submitted by: Sharon Davis
Note: One of the four doctors who collaborated in the unsuccessful amputation of my 2nd great-grandfather's leg. (RH)


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