Biography of H. Clay Hart
Allen County, OH Biographies

H. CLAY HART. physician, Spencerville, was born in Troy, Miami County, Ohio, July 19, 1841, son of Levi and Sarah S. (Tullis) Hart, natives of New Jersey and Virginia respectively, and who were the parents of three children, of whom H. Clay is the youngest. The subject of this sketch was raised on a farm, and when nineteen years of age he enlisted in Company F, One Hundred and Eighteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, remaining in the service till discharged from the second battalion Veteran Reserve Corps at the close of the war. He was ordered discharged because of physical disability by President Lincoln, in the spring of 1864, but refused the kindness because of loyalty to his country, and has the President's written compliments for his patriotism, his discharge however prohibits his being ever re-enlisted, because of physical incapacity. Upon his return from the army, finding his health would not permit of farm labor, he commenced to read medicine. In February, 1869, he graduated in medicine and surgery at the Pennsylvania University, and in the spring following, located in Spencervifle, and entered upon the practice of his profession, which has increased until his ride now extends into four counties; and it may be said that, while in health, he has attended professionally in a few years as many calls as any man in the State. The doctor was married, November 5, 1871, to Mrs. Sally H. Rathgiver, who was born in Baltimore, Md., July 14, 1842, daughter of Henry Staub. He has been chairman of the board of health; has served on the school board five years, and in the council six years. He was formerly a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Improved Order of Red Men, and is now surgeon of Fair Post, G. A. R. of Spencerville. Although not a politician, the doctor is identified with the Republican party.

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