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Dr. William Fielding

"History of Shelby County, Ohio"
by A.B.C. Hitchcock; Sidney, Ohio; 1913
Richmond-Arnold Pub. Co.; Chicago, IL.
Page 257

DR. WILLIAM FIELDING

     The first practicing physician that settled in Shelby county was Dr. William Fielding who settled in Sidney in 1824, shortly after its selection as the county seat. He was born May 1, 1796, in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and after a full medical course, commenced the practice of his profession in 1816 in Madison county, Ohio. He was in the War of 1812 and served six months under Colonel Johnston. In 1818 he went to Franklin and there practiced until coming to Sidney. Dr. Fielding was identified with church, state and Masonic affairs as he was one of the ruling elders in the organization of the Presbyterian church in 1825. He represented this county in the legislature for seven years both as senator and representative and was one of the original petitioners of Temperance Lodge No. 73, in 1825, was honored with being its first worshipful master, which position he held during his life at different times for twenty-seven years. He was a thirty-third degree Mason and to this day the brethren assemble in the lodge room on his birthday every year.  His portrait in oil hangs on the walls of the temple. He was probably the most learned of the past physicians of the county, a fine scholar and deep thinker, a Lord Chesterfield in manners, immaculate in dress and his name for nearly fifty years was a household word hi Sidney and Shelby county.
 He was married in 1818 and the father of twelve children, eleven of whom reached maturity.


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