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Term: Hobbins, Joseph 1816 - 1894


physician and surgeon, b. Staffordshire, England. He attended Queen's College, Birmingham, and Guy's College, London, and was licensed to practice in 1840. In 1843 he migrated to the U.S., and practiced in Brookline, Mass. (1843-1846). He lived again in England (1846-1854), but in 1854 returned to the U.S. and settled in Madison. In 1856 he was appointed professor of surgery at the Univ. of Wisconsin in a futile attempt to create a medical department, but when the project was unsuccessful he returned to private practice. During the Civil War he was in charge of hospitalized soldiers at Camp Randall and was later in charge of Confederate prisoners hospitalized in Madison. In his later years Hobbins became deeply interested in horticulture and was president of the Madison Horticultural Society and the Wisconsin State Horticultural Society. During the last years of his life, he devoted his interests to promoting the Madison Literary Club. U.S. Biog. Dict.... Wis. (Chicago, 1877); Hist. of Dane Co. (Chicago, 1880); Madison Wis. State Journal, Jan. 25, 1894.

The Wisconsin Historical Society has manuscripts related to this topic. See the catalog description of the Joseph Hobbins Certificate for details.

View newspaper clippings at Wisconsin Local History and Biography Articles.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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