Jeremiah E. Finch, president of the Minnesota State Medical Society, is a native of Woodstock, Province of Ontario,
born November 22d, 1829. When quite young, the family moved to Long Point Bay, Norfolk county, on the shore of
Lake Erie. There he was reared on a farm, receiving his education at Brockport Academy, New York, where he spent
two years. He read medicine at Toronto with Dr. John Rolfe, once a member of the Canadian parliament; attended
medical lectures in the same city, and graduated with the degree of M. D. in 1854. Dr. Finch practiced a few mouths
in Du Page county, Illinois; one year at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, and in November, 1856, settled at Hastings. Here
he has been in constant practice, except during oneyeai's service in the Union army. He was appointed surgeon of
the Seventh Minnesota Infantry in 1862, but losing his first-born child a year later, he resigned and hastened
home. In his studies, the doctor has confined himself to his profession and its collateral branches. He is a close
student and well posted, being an expert in both medicine and surgery. At a meeting of the State Medical Society,
held in June, 1878, be was unanimously chosen president of the society, an act clearly indicating his standing
among the medical fraternity of the state. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and was a delegate
to its annual meeting, held in Philadelphia in 1872. He has been a frequent contributor to medical periodicals,
and some of his papers have been reproduced in British journals. Dr. Finch was mayor of the city of Hastings one
term; has been president of the local school board for the past eight or nine years, and always stands ready to
lend a helping hand in advancing the educational interests of the city. He lectures to the students of the high
school on anatomy, physiology, hygiene and physics. The unusually high grade of studies in this school is owing
largely to his influence. He is a Knight Templar in the masonic order, and was grand lecturer one year, all the
time he would consent to serve in that capacity, although elected for a term of five years. He has been married
since the 10th of May, 1858, his wife being Mrs. Mary B. Holmes of Hastings. They have had three children. Only
one of them, Albert A., survives.
The History of Dakota County and the City of Hastings.
By J. Fletcher Williams.
North Star Publishing Company.
Dakota County, MN
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