Biography of Dr. I. C. Johnson
Howard County, IN Biographies





DR. I. C. JOHNSON was born in Indianapolis, Ind., September 26, 1829. He is the son of Isaac Johnson, a native of Vermont, and Barshebah (Helvey) Johnson, born in North Caroina. His parents were .married in Indianapolis, and his father died at the age of thirty. In 1835, our subject was sent to live with his uncle, Joel Helvey, in Huntington County, Ind., where he remained until he was eighteen years of age, attending the common schools of that district. He was sent to learn the millwright's trade in Wabash County, and in 1846 went with his brother in law to Grant County and engaged in the milling business. In the fall of 1855, he commenced the study of medicine in the office of Drs. W. & A. Lomax, of Marion, Grant County. After remaining there one year, he read two years with Dr. D. W. Taylor, in Grant County. He attended lectures during the winter of 1860-61 at the Rush Medical College at Chicago, and in 1863 again entered that institution, graduating the following spring. He commenced practice in Kokomo in May, 1863, and in the spring of 1864 he entered the army as Contract Surgeon in a hospital in Nashville, and the following February received the commission of Acting Assistant Surgeon in the One Hundred and Fifty third Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served in that capacity until the close of the war, when he returned to Kokomo and resumed his active practice. In 1874 he was elected County Treasurer, serving two terms. His administration was eminently satisfactory, and was characterized by dignity, efficiency and perfect integrity. Since the close of the term of office, he has been actively engaged in his extensive practice, and ranks as one of the leading physicians in the county. He has served as President of the Kokomo Academy of Medicine, and is now President of the Howard County Medical Association. He is a prominent member of the I. O. O. F., and has passed all the chairs in that lodge. Dr. Johnson was married in 1857, to Miss Adelaide Swope, a native of Wayne County, Ind. This union has been blessed with four children, only one of whom is living - Minnie. Dr. Johnson is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his political principles are those of the Republican party, with which he has been connected since its organization. He has been active in promoting the prosperity of Kokomo, and takes a leading part in whatever promises to benefit the city and county. Dr. Johnson has been a student all of his life, and keeps pace with the advancement of his profession. He is a man of solid worth, courteous, temperate, upright, and possesses superior business and social attributes.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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