Biography of Dr. J. S. R. Hazzard
Springfield, Clark County, OH Biographies





J. S. R. HAZZARD, M. D., physician and shorthorn breeder, Springfield. This county contains few more active men in everything that pertains to its general welfare than the well known physician and fine stock breeder whose name stands at the head of this sketch; he is recognized by all good citizens as a man of talent, and skill in his profession, as well as a valuable help to the farming community by encouraging and stimulating them in the growth and improvement of fine stock, and his efforts in this direction are so well known and appreciated, that it is unnecessary for us in this sketch to say more about them. Dr. Hazzard was born on the eastern shore of Maryland Jan. 21, 1827, and is the son of Cord and Mary P. (Rankine) Hazzard, the former a native of Delaware, and a relative of Gov. Hazzard, of that State; also of Com. Ferry of Erie renown, and his wife of Maryland, where they were married and had born to them four children, viz., Mary, Sally, Theodore and J. S. R. Hazzard, Theodore dying in childhood. Dr. Hazzard's mother died when he was an infant, and he was brought up under the care of his maternal relatives; his father was a wealthy merchant and slave holder of Maryland, and entering the political arena was elected Sheriff of his county, but, falling a victim to the intemperate customs of that day, he lost all his property, leaving his children penniless. After paying every cent of his losses to the county, he abandoned his intemperate habits, and became a rigid temperance man, liberated his slaves, and was so trusted and respected throughout the county, that he held official position during the remainder of his life, dying Judge of the Orphans' Court in 1849. The Doctor's early education was obtained at Snow Hill Academy, Worcester Co., Ad., and, in 1843, he came to Clark Co., Ohio, and resided with his uncle, James Rankin, four years, at the end of which time he entered the office of Dr. Solon Curtice, of Vienna. and, in the winter of 1849-50, attended lectures at the Medical Department of the Western Reserve College, Cleveland, Ohio, and, in April, 1850, he began practice in partnership with Dr. Joseph On, at Harmony. The Doctor received a diploma from the State Medical Society in 1864; he graduated from the Western Reserve College in 1870, and from the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery in 1874, from which can be gathered that his medical training has been extensive and varied, and has well fitted him for the successful practice of his profession, in which he has been engaged sinbe April, 1850, a continuous practice extending over thirty one years, and he has lived in the same neighborhood the whole period, with the exception of a short experience as a drugsgists of Springfield in 1866-67. He was married, Jan. 19, 1854, to Mary E. Price, daughter of the Rev. Thomas J. and Julia (Corwin) Price, who was born in Clark' County Aug. 12, 1832. Her grandfather, James Price, settled in Harmony Township in 1820, and her father who was a native of Wales, was the well known Baptist minister who lived on Sec. 4, south of Dr. Hazzard's present home, and who died in Champaign Co., Ohio, April 15, 1876. Her mother was a sister of Moses Corwin, of Urbana, and she died April 15, 1856. To Dr. Hazzard and wife have been born two children - Frank Corwin and Mary Julia, and he and wife belong to the Presbyterian Church. In 1867, he purchased his farm of 170 acres, remodeled the house, which is located on a beautiful hill overlooking the surrounding country, and here he devotes himself diligently to his profession, and in the growing of thoroughbred shorthorn cattle, of which he is a recognized judge and authority, having been President of the Agricultural Society for about seven years. In 1864, he became a member of the Clark County Medical Society, and the same year was one of the delegates sent from Ohio to the Convention of the National Medical Association held at Washington; he was elected President of the society in 1867, and is also a member of the State Medical Society. Politically, a Republican. He is a man well fitted to represent the county in any capacity; of suave, pleasant manners, a well versed and agreeable conversationalist, temperate in all things, possessing a strong, robust physique, a picture of prefect health, no obstacle could successfully intervene between him and his duty. Indomitable courage and industry are also well known traits of his character, and whatever he undertakes to accomplish he perseveringly pursues with all the energy of a strong nature, which generally leads to success. In all things he is strictly honorable, and is ever a hearty friend and boon companion whom every one admires and respects.

From:
History of Clark County, Ohio
W. H. Beers & Co.
Chicago 1881


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