Biography of Dr. R. J. McGuinniss
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





R. J. McGuinniss, M. D. - Numbered among the representative young physicians and surgeons of Columbus is Doctor McGuinniss, who is a veteran of the World War. He has offices at 1589 East Main Street. Doctor McGuinniss was born at Jeannette, Pennsylvania, October 7, 1895, the son of James and Ellen (Jones) McGuinniss.

James McGuinniss was born in Ireland, the son of Patrick McGuinniss, who came to this country during the early days and settled in the West. He served throughout the Civil War and engaged in railroad building after his arrival in this country. His son, James, was reared and educated in Pennsylvania and spent some time in England, the birthplace of his maternal ancestors. At the age of sixteen years he again came to the United States and settled in Pennsylvania, where he followed his trade for many years as a brick layer and steel worker. He now lives retired in Columbus. His wife, born in England, died in March, 1925, and is buried at New Kensington, Pennsylvania. Three sons were born to James and Ellen (Jones) McGuinniss: R. J., the subject of this sketch; James, lives at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and George, lives at Chicago, Illinois.

The boyhood of R. J. McGuinniss was spent at New Kensington, Pennsylvania, where he received his early schooling. After his graduation from high school in 1913 he entered the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1917. He then entered Jefferson Medical College but in the fall of 1917 enlisted for service in the World War, and was sent to Philadelphia, where he served with the United States Medical Corps. A physical injury received by Doctor McGuinniss, however, forced him to spend six months in a hospital, after which he was discharged. In 1919 he resumed his medical studies at Jefferson Medical College and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1920. Doctor McGuinniss served as interne in the Allegheny Hospital, Pittsburgh, for one year, and then established a private practice at Logan, Ohio, where he met with marked success. He was located there until July, 1925, when he came to Columbus to practice medicine. Doctor McGuinniss has an excellent practice and is a member of the staffs of Grant and St. Ann's hospitals.

In 1926 Doctor McGuinniss was united in marriage with Miss Mary Brown, of Logan, Ohio, the daughter of Francis and Lucy (McCourtney) Brown. Mr. Brown, a native of Columbus, died in 1919. His widow lives at Logan. To Doctor and Mrs. McGuinniss have been born two children: Robert J., Jr., and Mary Josephine.

Doctor McGuinniss is a member of the Columbus Academy of Medicine, Ohio State Medical Society, and American Medical Association. He and his family are members of the Catholic church. They live at 2401 Fair Avenue, Columbus.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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