Biography of Dr. Edwin T. Hurley
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

EDWARD THOMAS HURLEY, M. D. Among her many reasons for civic pride the City of Cleveland names her assemblage of eminent medical men, some of whom have contributed in no small degree to the advancement of medical science in modern days. A member of this able and honored professional body who is held in high esteem here and elsewhere is Dr. Edward Thomas Hurley, physician and surgeon, and a veteran officer of the World war.

Doctor Hurley was born at Oil City, Pennsylvania, January 29, 1881, a son of Dennis and Mary (Hurley) Hurley, both of whom were born in Ireland, the father a native of County Kerry, and the mother of County Clare. They were married in Canada, both having been brought to the Dominion by their parents when young. Later Dennis Hurley and his family came to the United States, and in 1881 resided in Pennsylvania, where he was employed in the oil fields. In 1882 he brought his family to Conneaut, Ohio, where he was engaged in the hotel business for a number of years. His death occurred there in 1899, at the age of fifty six years. The mother of Doctor Hurley still resides at Conneaut.

Edward Thomas Hurley was reared at Conneaut and was educated in the public schools, being graduated from the high school in 1899. The loss of his father in this year made a necessary change in his plans for the future, and instead of preparing for college and a medical career he went to work in the copper mines of Minnesota, where he continued for five years. After leaving the mines he turned his attention into an entirely different channel, accepting a position as traveling salesman for a Minnesota milling company, and for several years afterward traveled all through Western territory selling flour.

During this interval Mr. Hurley had never given up his early ambition to enter the medical profession, and now the time had come when he could begin the study of medical science with confidence as to the result, and in 1912 he entered the medical department of Loyola University, at Chicago, Illinois, from which he was graduated in 1916, with his degree of Doctor of Medicine. For one year afterward Doctor Hurley was resident physician in the Jersey City (New Jersey) Hospital, and for six months was resident physician at the New York City Nursery and Children's Hospital. He returned then to Conneaut, where he became surgeon for the New York & Chicago (Nickel Plate) Railroad, with which corporation he has been officially identified ever since.

When the urgent call came from the Government for medical help in time of war Doctor Hurley was one of the first to respond. In 1918 he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps, United States Army, went first to the Officers' Training Camp at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and then was transferred to Camp Forest, Georgia, where he was detailed for overseas duty, but the signing of the armistice with the enemy made further military preparation unnecessary, and Doctor Hurley was soon honorably discharged and mustered out of the service. He returned to his practice at Conneaut, where he remained until 1920, when he came to Cleveland and opened his offices at 9722 Lorain Avenue. Doctor Hurley is a general practitioner, and his high personal character and professional skill have made him well known in the city, his professional standing being further indicated by his membership in the Ohio Medical Society and the American Medical Association.

Doctor Hurley was united in marriage with Miss Grace A. Reilly. a daughter of James Reilly, of Detroit, Michigan. Doctor Hurley was reared in the Catholic Church and is a member of Saint Ignatius parish, Cleveland, and belongs to the loyal order of church and country - the Knights of Columbus.

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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