McLean County, Illinois
SILAS HUBBARD, M. D., a skillful and popular physician of Hudson, this county, has been a resident of the Prairie State since 1855, at which time he located in McLean County, and during a period of over thirty years has been widely and favorably known as a conscientious practitioner and a good citizen.
Dr. Hubbard was born near Maysville, Chautauqua Co., N. Y., on the 9th of May, 1821. His parents were Solomon and Hannah (Willard) Hubbard, also natives of the Empire State. His earlier days were passed on the farm, and at the age of ten years the family removed to Buffalo, N. Y. Here, eight years later, our subject commenced the study of medicine, and at the age of twenty-one, in 1842, graduated from Casselton Medical College of Vermont [ed., Castleton Medical Academy, Vermont; later Vermont Academy of Medicine]. He commenced the practice of his chosen profession at Buffalo, continuing there until 1855, and then came to Illinois.
For three years he was located at Bloomington, whence he came to Hudson, and is now the oldest physician in this place. He has been a close student, an extensive reader, and a valuable contributor to the prominent medical journals.
Politically he affiliates with the Republican party, but finds little time in an extensive practice to devote to political matters. Religiously he has been connected with the Baptist Church for a period of thirty-two years, working actively in its maintenance and support and to advance generally the cause of religion.
Dr. Silas Hubbard was united in marriage with Miss Julia Frances Read in New York City, in 1849. Mrs. H. is the daughter of William and May (Hoye) Read, natives of Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and by her union with our subject has become the mother of five children, of whom the record is as follows: Hannah Frances, the wife of John D. Larkin, resides in Buffalo, N. Y.; Albert G. [ed., Elbert G. Hubbard, founder of the Roycrofters] is also a resident of that city; Daisy M., Mrs. Alvin W. Carlock, lives in Hudson, this county; Mary E. and Honor A. are at home.
The family are widely and favorably known throughout this section and are valued as among the most intelligent and useful members of the community.
Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 343. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.
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