Biography of Samuel J. Jones
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

JONES, SAMUEL J. - Born at Bainbridge, Pa. Son of Dr. Robert H. and Sarah M. (Ekel) Jones. His father was a native of Donegal, Ireland, but his mother was American born, a native of Lebanon, Pa. She was a descendant of Baizer Orth, an officer in the Revolutionary war. Balzer Orth, Sr., came from the Palatinate, Germany, and landed in Philadelpbia in 1730. The maternal great grandfather, Marcus Ekel was a native of Zurich, Switzerland, and he located in Philadelphia in 1743. The paternal grandparents and father came to Philadelphia in i8o6. The subject of this sketch received an excellent literary education at Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., and his medical education was received in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. In 1860 he was an assistant surgeon in the United States navy; he served on the Atlantic blockade, in Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, at the navy yard at Pensacola, Fla., and on the frigate Sabine on the Atlantic coast. He was still in service when he came to Chicago in 1863, but resigned in 1868, and has since been engaged in this city in the practice of his profession. He is a professor of Ophthalmology and Atology in the Northwestern University Medical School, having held that position since 1870. Has held a number of offices in state, national and international medical organizations and is now a member of the medical board of St. Luke's hospital. He is a member of the Illinois Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Dr. Jones was for several years editor of the Chicago Medical Journal and Exam iner, and has been a frequent contributor to other medical publications.

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