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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography - Alex T. Darrah, M.D.

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois with Illustrations," 1878


A. T. DARRAH, M. D. - Alex T. Darrah was born in Delaware county, Ohio, March 17, 1836. His father, John DARRAH, was a native of Ohio. He married Elizabeth ORR in 1828. She was a native of Pennsylvania. On the father's side the ancestry is Scotch and on the mother's Irish. There were ten children born to John and Elizabeth Darrah, seven of whom are living. John Darrah, in 1838, removed with his family from Ohio and settled in Pike county, Ill., where he remained until 1865, when he removed to Pesotum township, in this county, where he still resides, engaged in farming. His wife, Elizabeth Darrah, died in September, 1868. The subject of our sketch is the fourth child. He spent his boyhood days at work upon the farm, and going to school during the winter months. In 1858 he taught school, and in 1859 and 1860 he was engaged with Messrs. Holmes and Arnold as a canvasser for map and lithographic work. In 1861 he commenced the study of medicine under the direction of A. J. Miller, M. D., of Fairview, Ill., and remained in the study for four years, in the meantime attending two terms in Rush Medical College, of Chicago, from which institution he graduated January 25, 1865. He then took up his residence at Tolono, and commenced the practice, and has continued here up to the present. On March 14, 1866, he married Elizabeth H. FUGATE, who at the time of her marriage was a resident of Pike county, Ill. There have been three children born to them to bless their union. In politics he is independent in the true sense of the word. He is not bound by the dogmas or theories of any party, but prefers to do his own thinking and voting. He cast his first vote for Stephen A. Douglass in 1860.

The doctor, as a practitioner, enjoys a large and lucrative practice. In his habits he is temperate, and in his manners dignified and gentlemanly, and blessed with fine social qualities, he makes friends wherever he has acquaintances.

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