1925 Biography - George Bratton

Dr. George Bratton was one of the most prominent and successful physicians who ever practiced in this county. His father, James Bratton, was a native of Adams County, Ohio. Jacob who emigrated from Pennsylvania to that state, was the father of James. Dr. Bratton was born in Adams County, Ohio and received his primary education at Burlington Academy and Hillsboro College. He graduated from the latter institution at the age of seventeen, returning to Burlington, he began the study of medicine under Dr. Camillus Hall. He attended lectures at the Western Reserve Medical College, Cleveland, and later entered Starling Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, graduating at the age of twenty. Under the laws of Ohio he could not receive a medical diploma at that age. He then entered a medical college of Philadelphia, Pa., and graduated from that institution in 1853, and at once took up the practice of medicine in Vienna. His field of work was very large and he was recognized by the profession as one of the leading physicians of his time. He remained in active practice until the year of his death, 1899. No one needing medical attention ever applied to Dr. Bratton in vain, no night was too dark, stormy or cold, for him to hurry to the lowest hovel to relieve suffering. Dr. Bratton was married in 1858 to Elizabeth J. the daughter of David Y. and Lucretia (Chapman) Bridges, belonging to the earliest families of this county. Mrs. Bratton died in 1919, leaving two daughters (see Chapman.)

Extracted 06 Feb 2017 by Norma Hass from 1925 A History of Johnson County, Illinois, by Mrs. P. T. Chapman, pages 330-331.

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