Biography of Dr. Robert N. McConnell
Crane Township, Wyandot County, OH Biographies

ROBERT N. McCONNELL, M. D., was born in Lewiston, Penn., April 29, 1848; son of James and Margaretta (Nelson) McConnell. He came to Upper Sandusky with his parents when but two years of age, and was educated in the public schools of that place, entering the Ohio Weslyan University in 1859, taking a preparatory course, and subsequently entering the Jefferson College at Canonsburg, Penn., with the intention of taking a classical course. This arrangement was thwarted, however, by his enlistment in September, 1862, in Company F, One Hundred and Twenty third Regiment. Ohio Volunteer Infantry, to serve three years as a private in the late war. He was commissioned as Hospital Attendant, serving until the battle of Winchester, June 15, 1863, at which engagement the entire regiment was taken prisoners and confined at Belle Island. After four weeks Dr. McConnell was released on parole and returned home and during his sojourn attended a course of lectures at the Starling Medical College having begun the study of medicine while in the service. He was discharged from the One Hundred and Twenty third Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, by special order from the War Department to accept a commission as Assistant Surgeon in the One Hundred and Thirty third Ohio National Guards, in the spring of 1864, and served with the regiment until the expiration of its term of service in the fall of the same year. He entered the medical department of the Wooster University at Cleveland, and graduated in 1865, in the first class that graduated from that institution Immediately after taking his degree he was appointed Assistant Surgeon General of the State by Gov. Brough, and continued in this office till it was abolished, a year afterward. Dr. McConnell then returned home, and during the winter of 1866-67 attended the Hahnemann Medical College of Chicago, after which he opened up a drug store in Upper Sandusky in connection with his practice. In 1869, he disposed of his interest in the drug establishment to L. A. Brunner and devoted his entire attention to his profession, attending a course of lectures during the winter of 1870-71 at Belleview Medical College, New York City. En order to lay the foundation for more complete success in the practice of his profession, Dr. McConnell proceeded to Europe in 1878, and attended the Imperial Medical University at Vienna, Austria, returning to Upper Sandusky after an absence of about one year. He was in 1874, appointed Director of the Ohio Penitentiary under Gov. Allen's administration, serving in that capacity two years with great credit to himself and to the institution. In 1882, Dr. Connell entered into a partnership with Isaac N. Bowman, which connection still exists. He has established a large practice and is among the foremost of the physicians of this section of the State. He is an honored member of the F. & A. M., having attained the thirty second degree; also a member of the Knights of Honor and the G. A. R. In politics, Dr. McConnell is a thorough Republican.

The History of Wyandot County, Ohio
Liggett, Canaway & Co.,
Chicago 1884

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