Biography of Dr. H. J. Crampon
Lake County, CA Biographies





CRAMPON, H. J., M. D. Was born near Charleston, South Carolina, in 1828. At an early age he was apprenticed to learn the "art preservative," and while serving as a "printer's devil," he resolved to work his way through a medical education. He was thus engaged when gold was discovered in California. He at once determined to visit the new El Dorado, and started out in 1848 to "tramp it" across the continent, and reached the "diggins" the following year. He began operations at Caldwell's store, now Nevada City, and followed that business with varying fortunes the ensuing ten years, by the end of which time he had amassed a handsome competency. He then returned to the "States" for the purpose of completing his medical education. He returned to California after finishing his medical course, and engaged in the practice of his profession. Having visited the territory now forming Lake County on a hunting excursion some thirty years ago, and being charmed with its natural beauties, he determined to make his residence permanent here. He has a pretty little home on one of Lakeport's "seven hills," an extensive practice, and stands well in his profession, being at this time an officer in the State Medical Society. In 1880 he was elected to the State Legislature, and in that body he stood squarely and nobly by the people, and his voice was ever raised against stock jobbing and tax shirking. He is a gentleman of uniinpeached integrity, generous to a fault, and a citizen of whom the people of Lake County may justly feel proud.

From:
History of Napa and Lake Counties, California
Slocum, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1881


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