JOSEPH HOBBINS, M.D


From History of Dane County, Wisconsin, publ. by Western Historical Company, Chicago, 1880, page 1000-1001

JOSEPH HOBBINS, M.D, member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London; Fellow of the Geological Society, England; corresponding member of the Royal Horticultural Society, England, etc.; born Dec. 28, 1816 in Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England. He was educated chiefly at Colton Hall, Rugeley, by Daniel SHERIDAN, Esq. Upon leaving school, he commenced the study of medicine, with a physician of the same county, a gentleman of the highest standing in that part of England, with whom he remained five years, leaving only to enter Queen's College, Birmingham. From Queen's College, he entered Guy's, London - this institution then ranking for advantages in study the highest in the country. Here he remained for two years, passing his classical examination as a licentiate in medicine, and obtaining his diploma from the college. Having, while a student, visited the hospitals of Dublin and Edinburgh, he then took advantage of a journey through Belgium and France, to visit those of Brussels and Paris, and made his first visit to the United States. He was married in Liverpool, England, October 11, 1841 to Miss Sarah Russell JACKSON, of Newton, Mass., by whom he had six children, three of them are still living. This marriage led to the Doctor's return to this country, settling in Brookline, Mass., where he remained three years, and then, on account of ill health, crossed the Atlantic again, where after a short time spent in traveling in Wales, Scotland and England, he resumed practice in his native town. After an absence of eight years, he once more set out for the United States, and, having made Madison his choice for a future home, arrived here in the spring of 1854. Here he soon began to manifest an interest in the things about him, and, at the suggestion of Chancellor LATHROP, of the State University, undertook to organize its medical department. As the result of his labors, this department was organized in 1855, and the Doctor was elected one of its professors in 1856. He was a member of the first City Council, and represented his ward for four years, and until he resigned. He has been Secretary of the City Horticultural Society, afterward President for twelve years, and holding, at the same time, for five years, the office of President of the State Horticultural Society, justly earning the title given him, "the Father of Horticulture in the Northwest." Upon the breaking-out of the war, he at once took a decided stand for the union. Soon after Camp Randall was established, the Doctor, acting for the State, took charge of the sick left behind by the different regiments going to the field, and, upon the rebel prisoners being sent to Madison, was appointed surgeon in charge. In politics, has always been independent, but during the war acted with the war Democrats. In 1870 he lost his wife. His second marriage occurred at Baltimore, Md., April 16, 1872, to Mary, the youngest daughter of the late Louis McLANE, of Delaware, by whom he has one son.


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