George H. T. Johnson, M. D., one of the leading physicians of the Homeopathic School in Kansas and one of the oldest and most highly respected practitioners of Atchison, was born near Mount Vernon, Jefferson county, Illinois, Oct. 15, 1842, son of James and Lydia (Cricle) Johnson. His father was a native of Connecticut and his mother of Illinois, and they spent their lives in the West. The father died when the son was an infant and the mother departed this life at the age of seventy-eight years. George was educated in the public schools of Jefferson county and Mount Vernon. He remained at home until the summer of 1862, when he enlisted in the Union army as a member of Company G, One Hundred and Tenth Illinois infantry. In September of the same year this regiment was assigned to General Buell's command, then at Louisville, Ky., and first saw action at the battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862. Subsequently the One Hundred and Tenth was transferred to General Rosecrans' army and took part in the battle of Stone's River and the campaign that resulted in the great battle of Chattanooga and the capture of that place. The regiment was in the army commanded by General Thomas at the battles of Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. General Grant, in person, directed the movements of Thomas' and Rosecrans' combined forces during these engagements. Subsequently the regiment was assigned to Sherman's command and served with it until the close of the war. It took part in the siege and capture of Atlanta, and then in the famous march to the sea. After that it participated in the campaign through the Carolinas, and was at the last battle fought by Sherman's army at Bentonville, N. C., and at the surrender of the Confederate army under Gen. Joseph Johnston near Raleigh. From there the army marched to Richmond, Baltimore, and then to Washington, D. C., where it took part in the Grand Review. Mr. Johnson was honorably discharged and mustered out of the service June 8, 1865. The Doctor tells many anecdotes of his varied army experiences, which are all interesting and show that he proved himself not unworthy of the martial blood coursing through his veins, his grandfather, George Johnson having carried arms for his country during the war of 1812. Upon his return home at the close of the war Mr. Johnson taught school one term, but he had decided to devote his life to the study of medicine and, with this end in view, entered the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College and subsequently attended the Homeopathic Medical College at St. Louis, Mo., where he graduated, Feb. 26, 1869. After looking around for a good location for a young physician, on March 4 of the same year, he opened an office at Atchison, where he has since remained and built up a satisfactory and lucrative practice. In 1885 Governor Martin appointed him a member of the state board of health, and in April of that year he was elected president of the board and retained that position for the eight years he served with that body. He is president of the Atchison Board of Pension Examiners for the United States government, and has acted in that capacity for years, having served under the administrations of Presidents Arthur, Harrison, McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft. He always takes an interest in the brothers who fought in the army that wore the blue and does everything in his power to assist and aid the old soldiers. He is a charter member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of Kansas and served two terms as its president. He is also a member and has been a senior member since 1901 of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest national medical institute in the United States. For years he has been a member of the American Public Health Association, as well as the county, state and American Medical associations. Fraternally he is associated with the Masonic order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and has been surgeon of John A. Martin Post, No. 93, Grand Grand of the Republic, since its organization, except two years he served as post commander. He is a man of wide experience, thoroughly versed in his profession, and commands the confidence of the public, who regard him as one of the leading men of Atchison. He holds a high rank as a physician and is deserving of the success with which he has met. Dr. Charles H. Johnson, his son, practices with him. He is a graduate of the Kansas State University, of the medical department of Columbia University, N. Y., and of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of New York City. For two years he served as staff physician of the Roosevelt Hospital, New York City, where he gained a wide and varied experience that is invaluable to a young doctor. Since coming to Atchison he has built up a fine practice and for ten years has served as surgeon of the Orphans' Home.Pages 1360-1361 from volume III, part 2 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed December 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM195. It is a two-part volume 3.
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