Biography of Alexander J. Travis
Allen County, OH Biographies

ALEXANDER J. TRAVIS, physician, Spencerville, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, August 12, 1832. At the age of fifteen years he entered the select school of Washington, Penn., and two years later went to Wilkinsburgh, Penn,, where he remained three years, then entered upon his course in life as a school teacher, a profession he followed till 1854, when he turned his attention to the study of medicine, under the tuition of Dr. Abel Carey of Salem, Ohio. He remained there for four years and during this time attended lectures at the Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1857 he commenced practicing at Dayton, Ohio; three years later went to Mercer County, and three years after to Lancaster County, Penn. From there he removed to Elida, Ohio, where he remained eight years, then spent one year in Columbus Grove, then two years in Lima. and has since resided in Spencerville, where he has a large practice. The doctor was married, March 13, 1859, to Miss Lizzie S. Lampson, who was born November 22, 1859, and died November 3, 1878, leaving to his care seven children: William V., Melvin N., Menna F., Charles H., Eva M., Jessie E., and Henry M. Our subject filled the office of mayor one term with honor to himself and to the satisfaction of the people. He is an active member of the order of F. & A. M. Politically he is a stanch Democrat.

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