Biography of George B. Calhoun, M.D.

GEORGE B. CALHOUN,M.D. – There are but few men better known or more highly respected in the medical profession on Puget Sound than Doctor Calhoun, an excellent portrait of whom appears in this history. He is a native of New Brunswick, and was born October 19, 1837, his parents being John and Mary (Brewster) Calhoun. When he was but a small boy, he moved with his parents to the sunny South, locating in Maryland. His father, being a shipowner and seafaring man, was stricken, while on a voyage to the Bermudas, with yellow fever, from which he died. Our subject, with his widowed mother, then moved to East Boston, and a few years alter was placed in the excellent Horton Academy, Nova Scotia, where he remained until 1857. He was then sent to the university at Glasgow, Scotland, and after five years’ constant application was awarded his degree, standing near the head of his class.

In 1862 he returned to America. After traveling two years for pleasure, he entered the United States army as assistant surgeon, remaining in that capacity until June, 1865. In August of the latter year, he came via the Nicaragua route to the Pacific coast, and in June, 1866, took charge of the marine hospital at Port Angles. But, Congress designating Port Townsend as the port of entry, Doctor Calhoun took up his residence in the latter place, and established the present marine hospital of that city, acting as physician until 1876, when he began the practice of his profession in Seattle. In 1870 he was elected on the Republican ticket to represent Jefferson and Clallam counties in the territorial council. While residing in Seattle, he was appointed by Governor Ferry as one of the regents of the Territorial University, and for four years was the president of the board.

In 1880 he moved to La Conner, where he invested largely in real estate, and built himself a beautiful home, where he now resides, enjoying to the fullest extent all the domestic comforts and all the satisfaction to be derived from the practice of his chosen profession. It is no flattery to state that Doctor Calhoun is one of the best educated men in Washington; and, possessing manners suave, and with a disposition to please, he is a gentleman whom it is a pleasure to meet.

He was married in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Miss Ellen Mein, a young lady whose acquaintance he formed while attending college in Glasgow. By this union they have a family of nine children.



History of the Pacific Northwest Oregon and Washington. 2 v. Portland, Oregon: North Pacific History Company. 1889.

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