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Greater than all other fields of labor in its opportunities for the exposition of the finer qualities of the human soul, the medical world has proven the crucible for many a wavering character, further refining and strengthening those who are by nature of worthy principles and lofty ideals. Of a thoughtful and humane temperament, patient and sympathetic to a marked degree, is Dr. Christian, who has practiced in Gait and vicinity four years. He has demonstrated thoroughly his innate power in his work, his magnetic personality playing no inconsiderable part in his success. Born November 17, 1878, in Lockeford, San Joaquin county, Cal., he was the son of James L. and Martha (Givens) Christian, natives of Kentucky. The father came to California in 1852 via the Nicaragua route, and was a pioneer in Sacramento and San Joaquin counties.

Upon completing his public school course, James T. Christian attended Woodbridge College for four years, and in 1899 entered Cooper Medical College at San Francisco, never, throughout his years of study, relinquishing the great purpose which guided him. Shortly after receiving his degree in 1902, he was appointed house physician for the Southern Pacific Hospital in San Francisco, and after three years of faithful service resigned his position to take up his profession in Tuolumne county, Cal., where he remained until his removal to Gait.

Dr. Christian was married in Goldfield, Nev., December 21, 1906, to Miss Edith Leesburg, of Whiting, Kans., and to their union were born James L. and Samuel H., both of whom are splendid, sturdy children. In 1911 was completed the new residence of the family, which is one of the most modern in this vicinity.

A member of both the California State and American Medical Associations, Dr. Christian is recognized by his colleagues as a man whose future success is assured, owing to his keen judgment and untiring energy, combined with absolute integrity and regard for others. Fraternally, he is allied with Gait Lodge, F. & A. M., Pine Tree Lodge, No. 131, I. O. O. F., of Tuolumne, and Gait Parlor. N. S. G. W., and he maintains also a deep interest in all civic matters worthy of consideration. 

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011