John Calhoun McClintock, A. M., M. D., LL. D., a distinguished surgeon of Topeka, Kan., was born on a farm in Pickaway county, Ohio, Feb. 11, 1855, and is descended from ancestry that has had representatives of distinction in various professions, as well as in military affairs, both in America and in Great Britain. Dr. McClintock is a son of Dr. John McClintock, also a physician, born in Ross county, Ohio, Jan. 1, 1826, whose father, Capt. Joseph McClintock, commanded a company of volunteers in the war of 1812 and served in the memorable battle of Lake Erie, under Commodore Perry, as captain of the ship "Lawrence." A painted portrait of Capt. Joseph McClintock in the celebrated painting, "Perry's Victory on the Lake," is preserved in the state capitol at Columbus, Ohio, and another copy of the same picture hangs on the walls of the national capitol at Washington, D. C. He was born in Ireland and was but a small boy when his parents immigrated to America. He was married in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Bradley, whose mother's maiden name was Hazlett, and after the birth of their first child traveled on horseback to Ross county, Ohio, where they lived until their respective deaths. Capt. Joseph McClintock was a son of William McClintock, who was born in Scotland, about 1752, and immigrated first to Ireland, thence to America, and became the founder of the family in America. William McClintock first located in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, but subsequently removed to Ohio, where his death occurred at Locust Grove about 1843. Sir Leopold McClintock, a member of the family in Ireland, was born there in 1819, was knighted by Queen Victoria, in 1860, for his work as an explorer in the Arctic regions, and became an admiral in the British navy in 1884. His death occurred in 1907, and a tablet to his memory has since been placed in Westminister Abbey. In the same niche in which this tablet is placed is another to the memory of Sir John Franklin, another Arctic explorer. A brother of Sir Leopold McClintock was the Rev. John McClintock, a distinguished theologian and an author of note, whose works were principally on Biblical, theological, and ecclestical literature. He was born in Ireland in 1814 and died in 1870. William McClintock, the great-grandfather of John C., was accompanied to America by his brother, James McClintock, who became a distinguished surgeon and was the founder of the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Philadelphia, Pa. Dr. John McClintock, the father of John C., came to Topeka, Kan., in 1866, and practiced his profession in that city until his death, Sept. 11, 1882. Harriet Shipley McClintock, his wife and the mother of John C., was born, in 1821, in Fredericksburg, Md., and was a daughter of John and Mary (Evans) Shipley, the latter of whom was a daughter of William Evans, a brother of John Evans, a government surveyor who surveyed the State of Ohio. Hon. Job Stephenson, formerly Congressman from Cincinnati, Ohio, was also a grandson of John Evans, the government surveyor. Harriet Shipley McClintock died in Topeka, Jan. 17, 1897.
Dr. John Calhoun McClintock was eleven years of age when his parents removed to Topeka, and that city has remained his home to the present time. He attended the public schools of Topeka, after which he pursued his literary studies further in Washburn College. In 1876 he entered Rush Medical College, at Chicago, Ill., in which institution he was graduated in 1879. He at once began practice in Topeka, with his father, and did all of the surgical work for both as long as his father lived. After his father's death he did a general practice in medicine and surgery for several years, but finally turned his whole attention to the practice of surgery. He has devoted all of his time to this branch of medicine for the last twenty years and ranks as one of the foremost surgeons in the Middle West. In recognition of his superior skill as a surgeon and his original work in that line he was given the honorary degree of Master of Arts by Baker University, in 1892, and in 1902 Washburn College conferred on him the degree of Doctor of Laws, highest honor that institution confers. He was one of the founders of the Kansas Medical College, of Topeka, now the medical department of Washburn College, was for many years a professor in the college, and served as its president several years prior to its becoming a department of Washburn College, of which latter institution he is a trustee. He is now emeritus professor of surgery in the Washburn Medical College. He has served as president of the Topeka Academy of Medicine and Surgery, of the Eastern Kansas Medical Society, and of the Golden Belt Medical Society. He is a member of the Shawnee County Medical Society, the Kansas State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He has been the chief surgeon at Christ Hospital since 1884 and at present is also superintendent of the same institution. He is the author of several articles bearing on medical topics which have been read before medical associations and published in medical journals. Dr. McClintock is a member of and has served as a vestryman in the Protestant Episcopal church and is at the present time, building at his own expense a memorial chapel to his father and mother, to be a part of the new Grace Cathedral and to be known as McClintock Chapel. Dr. McClintock is a Thirty-second degree Mason and a Knight Templar. He is also an Elk. He is an ex-president of the Kansas Archaeological Society and of the Topeka board of health, and is a member of the Commercial and Country clubs.
Dr. McClintock was married June 22, 1877, to Miss Ray Price, of Atchison, Kan., who at the time of her marriage was a teacher in the Topeka public schools. They have four daughters, all of whom are living, Ruth, wife of Jacob C. Mohler, assistant secretary of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, is a graduate of the College of the Sisters of Bethany, at Topeka, and has the degree of Bachelor of Arts. She and her husband have two sonsJohn McClintock and James Calhounaged seven and four years respectively. The other three daughters of Dr. McClintock and his wife are Helen Isis, Gertrude Valerie and Frances Ray, all three of whom reside at home with their parents. Helen has been a student at both Washburn College and at Washington College, Washington, D. C. Gertrude is an honor graduate of the College of the Sisters of Bethany, at Topeka, having won the Bishop Vail medal; she was also a student at Washburn College and is a graduate of Smith College, of Northampton, Mass., where she received the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Miss Frances McClintock, the youngest daughter, has been a student in the College of the Sisters of Bethany and is a graduate of Miss Liggett's school for young ladies, at Detroit, Mich.Pages 192-194 from volume III, part 1 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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