Biography of Dr. Henry W. Kitchen
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HENRY W. KITCHEN, M. D., whose death occurred September 30, 1907, gained place as one of the distinguished physicians and surgeons of Cleveland, was prominent also in local financial circles, and was a citizen who commanded uniform popular confidence and esteem.

Doctor Kitchen was born in Stark County, Ohio, July 8, 1843, was reared on the home farm and received the advantages of the local schools. In October, 1861, at the age of eighteen years, he enlisted in Company I, Nineteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and at the battle of Chicamauga he was wounded and taken prisoner, in September, 1863. He was paroled November 30, 1864, and in January, 1865, he received his honorable discharge. After the war he taught school, attended Oberlin College and the University of Michigan, and in 1870 he was graduated in what is now the medical department of Ohio Wesleyan University, in which institution he thereafter held for twenty years the professorship of anatomy. He became one of the prominent medical practitioners and educators of Ohio, served as president of the Cleveland Board of Health and surgeon of the Cleveland Grays, and in 1882 he was elected clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, an office which he retained two terms. He was made president of the State Banking & Trust Company of Cleveland at the time of its organization, and was for many years active in its management. He served as chairman of the republican committee of Cleveland, was a thirtysecond degree Mason, was a member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and the Union and Colonial clubs, was identified with various professional associations, and was affiliated with the Grand Army of the Republic.

In 1875 Doctor Kitchen married Miss Grace Kingsley, of Cleveland, who survived him, as did also their two sons.

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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