Biography of Dr. Aardon P. Hammond
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

ARDON PHILO HAMMOND, M. D., has been an active member of the medical profession in Cleveland for twenty years. He is a high minded and hard working physician, and has given mulch of his time to the public side of the profession. He is the present county coroner of Cuyahoga County.

Doctor Hammond was born at Castalia, Ohio, October 31, 1869, son of. John and Emily C. (Holden) Hammond. His grandfather, Thomas Hammond, was a native of England. John Hammond was born at Brockport, New York, in 1822, and as a young man came to Ohio and settled at Huron. In 1861 he enlisted in the First Ohio Heavy Artillery, and saw much active service before the close of his term of enlistment in 1864. He was a blacksmith by trade, and part of the time while he was in the army he was detailed as an artificer. After the war he returned to Huron and married Emily C. Holden, a native of that town, and daughter of Thomas Holden, who was born in the north of Ireland, and was an early settler at Huron. From Huron the Hammond family removed to Castalia, where John Hammond followed his trade as a blacksmith until his death in 1861. After his death his widow returned to Huron, but is now living at Cleveland. Doctor Hammond was only two years old when his father died. He grew up at Huron, graduated from the high school there in 1885, and immediately afterward had to embark upon some labor that would earn him a living. While his mind was set on the medical profession about that time, he had no money with which to pursue a course in a medical college. He, therefore, went to work as a drug clerk at Norwalk, Ohio, remained there a. year, and then came to Cleveland where he continued clerking in a drug store and also attended a school of pharmacy until he graduated in 1888. In 1896 he left the drug business to become an employe of the Cleveland Postoffice. During the following six years he served as a carrier and clerk, and part of the money he earned in that way enabled him to carry out his ambition for a medical career. In 1900 he entered the Western Reserve Medical College, graduated Doctor of Medicine in 1904, and during the following summer performed the duties of physician to the Children's Fresh Air Camp. The next winter he was attached to the staff of the United States Marine Hospital at Cleveland, and in 1905 he began private practice. Doctor Hammond has an extensive general practice in medicine and surgery. He served as district city physician under Mayor Baehr's administration for two years, and for two years was employed in a similar capacity during Mayor Baker's administration. At the general election of 1920 he was elected on the republican ticket as county coroner, beginning the duties of that office January 3, 1921; reelected November, 1923, to serve till January, 1925.

Doctor Hammond is a member of the Cleveland Academy of Medicine and the Ohio State Medical Society. He is a member of the League. of Republican clubs, and belongs to the Republican Club of the Twenty fifth, Twenty second, Seventeenth, Sixteenth and Fourth wards. He is also a member of the Wampanoag Indians and is affiliated with Woodward Lodge No. 508, Free and Accepted Masons; Cleveland Chapter No. 184, Royal Arch Masons; Holyrood Commander, Knights Templar; Lake Erie Consistory of the Scottish Rite, Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine, and Al Sirat Grotto. He belongs to Halcyon Lodge; Knights of Pythias.

Doctor Hammond married Florence Moore of Cleveland. They are members of the Episcopal Church.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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