Biography of Isaac N. Cromwell, M.D.

ISAAC N. CROMWELL, M.D. – Perhaps there is no calling of men with which the issues of life and death are so intimately connected s with that of the physician: hence it is that popular sentiment demands a class of men to take up this profession who are in every sense of the word the leaders of their fellows, and especially endowed with keen perception, careful and discriminating judgment, alert faculties and sympathy, with perfect self-possession and steady nerve. The subject of this sketch is one of the votaries of the medical muse, and is today one of Union county’s leading practitioners, being a man of deep erudition, sound principles and perfect integrity, which have been manifested in a long, skillful, and successful practice that is large and exacting.

Isaac N. Cromwell was born in Murray county, Georgia, on November 27, 1841, being the son of James and Margaret (Shields) Cromwell, farmers of that section. In 1842 they removed to Tennessee, remaining there until 1850, then went to Smith county, Texas. In 1871 the father died, and in 1879, the mother passed away at Eugene, Oregon. Our subject was educated in the public schools of the various sections where he lived, and in 1868 went to New Orleans and attended the medical college at that place. In 1872, he migrated to Oregon and entered the medical department of the Willamette University, whence he took his degree in 1873. He at once commenced the practice of medicine in Eugene, Oregon, and remained there until the spring of 1876, when he removed to Alsey, remaining until 1877, and then on April 8, 1877, he located in Union and since that date he has constantly pursued the practice of his profession here. For twenty-four years he has given his entire time and attention to his chosen art and science, but one month of that time has he given himself a vacation. While he handles a large and general practice, he has gained great distinction as an obstetrician, and is especially skillful in this line of medical practice. The Doctor has gained a fine reputation, which is thoroughly established by his skill and knowledge and unlimited success throughout the county, and he is abreast of the times, being a careful and discriminating (?). He is a member of the State Medical Society and of the American Medical Association, being held in high esteem (?) his medical colleagues.

On October 6, 1887, the marriage of Dr. Cromwell and Miss Maggie, daughter of M. Eagleton and Rebecca (Stolwell) Walker was solemnized in Union. Mrs. Cromwell came from a family of early pioneers to the state. On May 30, 1892, the messenger of death came and took the happy bride hence and the Doctor was called to mourn this sad event. He has ever manifested such uprightness and integrity and honor in the practice of medicine and in his general demeanor that he has won the entire confidence of the populace and the public in general, while his skill and success have given him a patronage that is both gratifying and lucrative.



An Illustrated history of Union and Wallowa Counties: with a brief outline of the early history of the state of Oregon. Western Historical Pub. Co., 1902.

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