Physician and surgeon, Monmouth, was born in Penn Hill Township, Lancaster County, Penn.. July I8, 1835, a son of Samuel and Deborah (Kirk) Webster, both natives of Lancaster County and of Scotch ancestry. His father, Dr. Samuel Webster, was graduated in medicine from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1837, and located for practice in Monmouth in the same year, and almost immediately took rank as the leader of his profession in Warren County, a position in which he stood unrivaled during his long and successful career.

He was an ardent Whig and as such was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1850, serving in the Seventeenth General Assembly. His death occurred at Superior City, Wisconsin, in 1858, Dr. John R. Webster received his literary education at Macomb, Ill., and at Juniata Academy, in Perry County, Penn. After reading medicine with Dr. D. B. Rice, of Monmouth, he entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, from which he graduated in 1858.

After practicing for a few years in Monmouth, he took a course in Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, which conferred upon him the degree of M. D. in 1864. Since that time he has practiced continuously in Monmouth. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Illinois State Medical Society, the Military Tract Medical Association (of which he has been President), and of the local professional organiza tions. He has had a laborious and extensive practice, accompanied by unvarying success. In 1862 he was commissioned Assistant Surgeon of the Eighty-third Illinois Volunteer In­ fantry, but was taken ill at Cairo, Ill., before his regiment entered into active service, and was compelled to return to his home. Dr. Webster affiliates with the Republican party, but has never sought nor consented to fill public of­ fice. He was one of the organizers of the Seond National Bank of Monmouth, in 1875, of which he has been Vice-President since 1877. He was married in Monmouth, September 20, 1858, to Susan I. Nye. daughter of Elisha Nye. They have had three children: Harry B., Assistant Cashier of the Second National Bank of Monmouth; Frank, deceased; and Ralph W., a practicing physician of Chicago, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in Rush Medical College and Assistant Professor of Physiological Chemistry in the University of Chicago.

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