LEWIS McALISTER, M. D. and druggist, was born in St. Lawrence County, N Y., May 15, 1817, and is the youngest
of fifteen children born to John and Isabel (Lockwood) McAlister, natives of New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and
of Scotch and Irish descent His parents were among the early settlers of Lawrence County. Dr. McAlister was left
fatherless at the age of thirteen, and when he was seventeen he bound himself out for three years to Salmon Currier,
a horticulturist of Potsdam, N. Y., receiving as pay six months' schooling, two suits of clothes and $200. With
this money, he attended the Potsdam Academy one year, and, in 1839. taught school at Oswego, N. Y., for six months.
In the spring of 1840, he entered a drug store as clerk, and at the same time began the study of medicine. The
following winter, he attended a course of lectures at Albany, N. Y., and, in June, 1841, entered the office of
his brother at Oxford, Ohio, where he continued studying for two years. He then attended a course of lectures at
the Cincinnati Medical College, after which he practiced medicine one year at Somerville, Ohio. In the fall of
1844, he came to Milford, Decatur Co., Ind., and practiced twenty two years. He then located in Kokomo one year,
but by failing health was compelled to return to Milford, and in the fall of 1867 located at Windfall. He built
a brick building, and in it placed a general stock of merchandise, but subsequently put in drugs alone. He was
one of a stock company that built the Windfall City Mills. In 1876, he purchased the entire mill, which he operated
until 1879. He retired from active practice in 1875, but has since given his attention to a few special cases.
He is a liberal supporter of public enterprise, and has contributed to the building of churches. He has been visited
by fire at three different times, the last occurring in March, 1883. Dr. McAlister was mrried, January 1, 1846,
to Miss Rachel Fugit, of Decatur County, Ind. She was born August 15, 1818, and is the daughter of John Fugit,
one of the pioneers of Decatur County. He is a member of the Republican party, and is a strong temperance man.
He is a member of the Christian Church, and his wife belongs to the M. E. Church.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Tipton County, IN
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